Celebrating the countryside at Royal Three Counties Show
By David Wood
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern
When: Friday, une 14, to Sunday, June 16
A hearty celebration of regional food, farming and family entertainment is set to take place at Malvern's Three Counties Showground from tomorrow (Friday).
Royal Three Counties Show, in association with JCB Paint, takes place from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June, 16, is the Heart of England's premiere celebration of rural life and the countryside.
With a firm focus on this year's host county of Herefordshire, visitors can find out what the area has to offer - from sampling strawberries and sipping cider to discovering the region's rich cultural heritage.
Some of the country's finest livestock will compete for the title of best in show with thousands of show entries expected, while family entertainment will include dog agility, duck herding and an amazing display from the Red Devils.
Diana Walton, head of shows for Three Counties, said: "Royal Three Counties Show is a wonderful celebration of fine food, farming and the countryside that the whole family can enjoy.
"We've got something in store for everyone, from the hugely popular Adam Henson and his Cotswold Farm Park where you can meet your farmyard friends as well as Adam, to the magnificent champion livestock in the Grand Parade and Britain's best loved farmers in the form of Adam Henson. We can't wait to open our gates!"
The Main Arena is at the heart of Royal Three Counties Show, where people can discover family entertainment mixed with livestock and equine competitions.
Expect entertainment from dog agility tricks from the Paws for Thought Dog Agility team and thrilling parachute displays from The Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team.
For a chance to get a good look at some of the finest livestock in the country, the Grand Parade of Livestock takes place each day, with Sunday bringing together rare and minority breeds.
There are a number of National Shows taking place this year, including the first ever dairy goat show with the Toggenburg Breeders Society National Show, which is being judged on the Saturday. Others include the Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep Society National Show, English Beltex National Show and Murray Grey National Show.
New for 2019, there's the introduction of a People's Choice competition, to be held on Saturday 15 June, for pigs that have not won a prize in the breed classes.
Over the weekend, there will be special guests from the local area in the Wellington Boot Theatre to provide informative talks and interviews. On Friday, three panels will be held, covering a number of topics on the theme Food Production: Meeting the Demands of Today and Tomorrow - hosted by Sybil Ruscoe.
Some of the finest livestock around will be on show in the Farming Village / Fur, Feather, Farm with more than 80 breeds of animals and almost 900 classes. There'll be plenty to see and do, with sheep shearing competitions and craft workshops along with quirky entertainment from the talented Young Farmers.
Youngsters will be able to meet lots of cute and cuddly creatures ranging from rabbits, alpacas and goats to chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.
The Gardening Hub returns for its second year, with stage host, local gardening expert Reg Moule. Also home to the Flower Show and an international exhibition of exquisite orchids, the Gardening Hub is the ideal place for visitors to pick up summer blooms and inspiration for their own gardens.
Set at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the show is expected to attract more than 90,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.
Advance tickets for the show are from £21 for adults, with under 16s going free for the first time ever this year.
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