Bumper show unveiled

ORGANISERS of this year's Suffolk Show have unveiled a packed line-up of events which they hope will draw a bumper crowd to help mark Suffolk Agricultural Association's 175th anniversary.

ORGANISERS of this year's Suffolk Show have unveiled a packed line-up of events which they hope will draw a bumper crowd to help mark Suffolk Agricultural Association's 175th anniversary.

The annual two-day event will be held on May 31 and June 1 and preparations are well underway to make sure this year's show is one to remember.

The Suffolk Agricultural Association today said it had gone to great lengths to ensure the anniversary show would be “special”.

Chris Bushby, the association's executive director, said: “It will reflect on our history and our heritage as well as our future.

“It is an important show for us and it is the shop window for the county.”

This year's show has the potential to be the biggest ever with unprecedented entries and exhibitors in a number of events.

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Trinity Park, formerly known as Suffolk Showground, will play host to more than 800 agricultural trade stands, more than 60 exhibitors in the food hall, 700 livestock classes with more than £8,000 in prize money up for grabs and more than 1,000 school children from more than 60 schools taking part in a range of competitions.

Favourite events from past years will return, ranging from sheep and calves on show to rabbits, gun dogs, working sheep dogs, horses, birds of prey, cooking demonstrations, a flower show, live bands and dairy milking demonstrations.

A team of 300 stewards will be on hand to make sure the show runs smoothly.

Students from Suffolk College, Otley College, Lowestoft College and West Suffolk College with compete in a range of competitions, spanning bricklaying to make-up application.

Guest of honour will be the Duke of Gloucester who will unveil the new £3.2million Trinity Park conference and events centre.

There will also be a focus on environmentally friendly fuels and products.

For the first time there will be a Luxurious Lifestyle pavilion with examples of design techniques and there will also be a Sports Village where there will be come-and-try demonstrations for a range of sports and extreme motorcycling displays.

For the third year, there will be a Tourism Village which will promote areas of Suffolk as tourist destinations.

This year will also see the county promoted as a destination for “food tourism”, with demonstrations by leading restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans.

Evening entertainment will feature a Queen tribute band and a Zulu Warriors group from South Africa.

Weblink: www.suffolkshow.co.uk

The first Suffolk Show was held at Saxmundham in 1832, following the association's formation the previous year.

The event moved to Ipswich in 1960.

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