Something for everyone at 137th Derbyshire County Show
With a new venue, a mixture of new and much-loved attractions and a chance for your family pet to wow the crowds, the 137th Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre promises to be a fun day out for everyone.
Taking place at Locko Park, just off the A6096 in Spondon, Derby, on June 25, the event is expected to attract thousands of people from across the region by showcasing the very best that the county has to offer.
They include a graceful acrobatic display by local firm JC Balls’ Dancing Diggers, fast and furious scurry driving demonstrations and an expanded food fayre featuring quality delicacies, from bison burgers and tasty cheeses to ice creams, wines and fruit juices – all produced and sold in Derbyshire.
Music comes from the Derwent Valley Wind Band, while there are also traditional rural favourites, including livestock displays in the parade ring, heavy horses, vintage cars and tractors, show jumping, light horses, craft stalls and floral displays.
And, for the first time, there will be a chance for visitors’ dogs to become a star for the day by entering the show’s new Companion Dog Show, which is open for pedigree and mixed-breeds alike, with a range of fun classes and prizes for the winning pooches.
Last year’s Derbyshire County Show event had to be cancelled because of heavy rain in the lead-up to the show but the organisers are determined to make up for having a year off.
Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society, said: “The county show has a history stretching back to 1860 and we are making up for lost time by putting on a show that promises plenty of excitement for everybody.
“We’re delighted that the Dancing Diggers are with us because they never fail to amaze people with their show of balance and agility. We’re confident that the Companion Dog Show will also prove to be a hit, while I think the food fayre will surprise a lot of people, thanks to the vast range of quality food and drink from some of the county’s most passionate and committed producers.
“Last year’s rain took its toll on our showground but we are very grateful to Lucy and David Palmer for offering to host the show at Locko Park. It’s a wonderful and popular park that is extremely close to Derby and we are right in front of the Hall, so we are anticipating a bumper crowd and a memorable show this year – as long as the weather is kind to us.”
Tickets for the show are now on sale at venues all over the county, including the Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derby, Matlock and Swadlincote tourist information centres.
Car parking at the event is free and organisers will be laying on a free bus service from Derby city centre. For more details visit www.derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk
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