Crowds set to celebrate 70 years of Moreton Show
By David Wood
Where: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
When: Saturday, September 7
Moreton Show - the traditional, one-day agricultural show - is celebrating its 70th birthday tomorrow (Saturday) and there's anniversary action all over the showground.
High-flyers Broke FMX top the bill in the Grand Arena, which also hosts the mounted games, the team relay, top class show jumping and the heavy horses.
Towards the end of the afternoon comes the Grand Parade, featuring all the livestock winners. It's a spectacular sight.
The Rural Attractions area is where you'll find the Welsh Axe Men bringing an edge to proceedings with their own very special brand of entertainment. There's also terrier racing, vintage tractors, Clumber Spaniels and Ye Olde Red Tail Falconry exhibition.
Look out, too, for Farmtastic, where the whole family can get up close and personal with farmers and farming and ask the questions you've always wanted to have answered. You can even hug a hen!
In addition to the increasingly popular dog show, the shopping at more than 350 trade stands, the best in locally-grown fruit, veg and flowers and more than 2,000 animals on the showground, you can also sample some of the finest Cotswold food and drink.
Appearing for the first time this year will be Sarah Dugdale, a semi-finalist on television's MasterChef, who hosts the Warner's Budgens Food Demonstrations which will highlight the importance and variety of the local food and drink industry featured in the Cotswold Food Market.
As well as being Master of Ceremonies and introducing a host of local chefs, bakers and producers, Sarah - who lives in Bourton-on-the-Water - will cook three dishes throughout the day.
"I'm looking forward to being part of Moreton Show," she said. "My cooking has always been about promoting local farmers and producers and that is very much the theme of what's happening in the Warner's Budgens Demonstration Area."
The day also features a special Farncombe Estate 'Chef-Off', with Martin Burge, the culinary director and Jon Ingram, the executive head chef.
Children get their chance to shine in a Gingerbread Challenge, judged by Silke Bruening, of Cacao Bean in Moreton-in-Marsh. Fittingly, the challenge will be to decorate gingerbread to celebrate 70 years of Moreton Show.
As ever, the Cotswold Food Market will be packed with local suppliers and some from farther afield. Visitors can taste Cotswold Green, a non-alcoholic gin and Limoncello created in the Cotswolds by Blackfords.
Tickets for the show are £19 for adults, £8 for children with a family ticket (two adults, three children) costing £50 and there are savings to be made if you buy before show day at the Moreton show website. Car parking is free.
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