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MASSIVE marquees, gleaming farming machinery, pedigree livestock, exhibitions, trade stalls, craft and flower displays are just some of the 100s attractions at the Suffolk Show today.

MASSIVE marquees, gleaming farming machinery, pedigree livestock, exhibitions, trade stalls, craft and flower displays are just some of the 100s attractions at the Suffolk Show today.

As nearly 100,000 are set to pass through the gates of this 175th anniversary show, organisers today spoke of their excitement and anticipation at this year's event.

Leslie Frost, commercial manager for the Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) - which runs the show, - said organisers were anticipating a “fabulous day”.

Miss Frost said: “We are expecting about 95,000 people, there is a great atmosphere already and all week there has been a buzz as we build up to today. Miss Frost said the show was an opportunity to showcase the £3.2 million Trinity Park Conference Centre due to be officially opened today.

Amanda Ainsworth of Polstead was out early exercising her six-year-old horse Pilgrims Magician the mother of three said: “The Suffolk Show is still a county show and you get to meet everybody from the agricultural community, it's lovely to be here. I am in two competitions today and I am trying to keep relaxed.”

Wearing the traditional bowler hat David Roe is a farmer at Shelland near Stowmarket. He said: “I am a steward in the food hall and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I've been coming to the show for more than 30 years, it's lovely to meet up with other farmers.”

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Despite early morning drizzle visitors are expected to take advantage of the 'dry and reasonably sunny' outlook for the first day of the two-day event.

Police are warning drivers to prepare for congestion around the Suffolk Show ground - now renamed Trinity Park - near Bucklesham.

Roads Policing Inspector Trevor Sharman said: “Arrangements are in place to try to cater for this influx, however we are asking visitors using routes into and around the showground to be prepared for some delays.”

Inspector Sharman called on motorists to use designated routes and comply with requests from police or show stewards.

The Queen's cousin, The Duke of Gloucester, is due to arrive shortly after 11am before touring the show inspecting livestock, meeting exhibitors and opening the new Trinity Park Conference and Event Centre.

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VISITORS to the Suffolk Show can drop in at The Evening Star's stand for a cuppa and slice of cake.

Our marquee will give guests the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the show and sit back and relax to music and refreshments.

Over the two-day show we will be joined by the Suffolk College catering department which will be serving morning coffee, afternoon teas and baked cakes, including Jamaica spice, lemon drizzle, chocolate brownies and coconut and lime. Light lunches will be available between noon and 1.45 pm.

Outside the marquee there will be a football game challenging youngsters to try and kick a football as fast as they can - with the winner getting a £500 Powergen Table Football.

The Evening Star stand is number 431, situated close to the picnic area.

WEBLINKS:

www.eveningstar.co.uk

www.suffolkshow.co.uk

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