Another great line-up for Romsey Show!

September 6, 2016

Another great day’s line-up is scheduled for this year’s Romsey Show on Saturday, 10th September.

This year features Forestry with a dedicated ‘forestry’ area hosting working saw benches, chainsaw carving competition, a charcoal burner, a modern timber-harvesting machine and collections of vintage forestry and timber equipment.

To complement the theme there will be a logging display using heavy horses and a mobile saw-pit in the President’s Ring. The Adams Axemen will be showing off their skills in the Countryside Ring.

For the petrol-heads among you come and see our amazing display representing 100 years of mechanised transport. We have a wonderful selection of motorbikes, cars, working and ‘commercial’ vehicles spanning the years. They will form part of a Pageant of Motorised Transport into our President’s Ring in the morning and afternoon. Come and re-live our motoring past.

We are pleased to announce that Vyv Wood-Gee and her two fell ponies will be joining us, as part of her epic journey ‘Exploring Britain’s Horse History on Horseback’.

Vyv set of in June exploring Britain’s horse history on horseback in aid of cancer charities. She started at the Mormond white horse near Fraserburgh and has taken in some of our most enigmatic horse landmarks including all the white horses of Wiltshire and the 2015-unveiled War Horse Memorial in Romsey Park.

She will arrive at the Show, and depart again, on horseback carrying all she needs in her saddlebags. She is also using the opportunity to raise money for cancer charities.

Another new feature this year is our Performance Stage, kindly organised by the Romsey Beggars Fair. In this new venture, for both the show and Beggars Fair, a variety of musical genres will be showcased on the one stage. Expect to hear and see something a bit different.

Starting at 11 o’clock, the stage is sited between the Countryside Ring and public catering area, at the south end of the Showground, and concludes at 5 o’clock. Acts booked include Los Dos Amigos, Ben Goddard and The Sons of Indigo, Revel Weird and Wild, Joe Mongan, Court Rogue and The Soulcatchers.
Transport of another type also graces our President’s Ring, in the form of horses.

The day starts with an Adult Rider class, which includes a prize for the highest combined age of horse and rider; and later Hursley Hambledon Pony Club will be doing a display showing many of the elements members can learn and do in the organisation.

Hundreds of livestock are entered – including cattle, sheep and horses of every size, shape and colour. Poultry, cavies and cage birds aplenty. Displays of pigs, buffalo and otters.

Our trade pitches are full of hundreds of exhibitors selling and promoting a huge variety of products including cars, doggy-delights and treats, houses, plants, fencing, tractors, ceramics, jewellery, fashion, beauty products, horsey bits and pieces, plants and flowers … and food galore! There really is something for every budget – come start your Christmas shopping early (sorry to say that).

A huge thank you to all who support this year’s show – whether Romsey Show Society Member, volunteer Steward, Sponsor, exhibitor (livestock or trade), contractor and/or visitor. Without everyone’s support we just wouldn’t be able to put on and host ‘probably the best one-day in the region’.

You can still beat showday queues by purchasing your tickets in advance from one of the many outlets across Hampshire and Salisbury (online ticketing has now closed) – ‘fastrak’ your entrance. Advance-purchase tickets enjoy a discount until end of business Friday.

Editors note: More information and photos from Show Office (01749-517521)

sheep (003) vintage fire engine (002) Vyv Wood-Gee (002)