Next month’s Staffordshire County Show is proving to be a record breaker even before it opens.
Organisers of the event at the Staffordshire County Showground, sponsored by South Staffordshire College, have reported record breaking levels of entries for livestock.
Competitors for Boer goats have even boomed three fold after the category was introduced for the first time last year.
Richard Williams, chief executive of Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural
Society which organises the event, now in its 216th year, said in total, the show has attracted over 1000 agricultural livestock entries and over 1500 horse and pony entries
“It is really encouraging to see that livestock entries across most categories are up on last year. It shows how significant the Staffordshire County Show is for farmers across the county and beyond.
“Sheep and pigs continue to increase to such a level that we are having to use every available space to accommodate them. It is really great to see and will ensure we celebrate our agricultural industry to the maximum.
“Boer goats having been introduced for the first time last year have increased three fold.”
Entries for livestock have now closed and preparations are continuing behind the scenes ahead of the show will takes place on June 1 and 2.
Highlights include superb local produce to sample, exquisite crafts for sale and a whole host of family activities, displays and performances.
Corporate sponsor South Staffordshire College will be hosting their learning marquee where people will be able to enjoy a host of free activities.
Over the two days, entertainment will be provided by the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, a vintage machinery parade, the Young Farmers floats and the Mounted Games Association as well the Woodfest activity area.
Tickets are now on sale from the show ground office or through the website http://www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk/staffordshire-county-show/ticket-information/ as well as other outlets in the county.
Organisers advise people to buy their tickets in advance to enjoy a substantial discount on the gate prices and to avoid queues on the day following record breaking crowds last year.
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