A Show for all the Family The 2014
Staffordshire County Show on May 28th and 29th will see the equine star of War Horse galloping around the main ring at Stafford. Joey, the star of Steven Spielberg’s epic World War One film, will be seen in a totally different role, that of a cowboy’s mount in a Wild West family entertainment show being staged by the internationally famous The Devils Horsemen.
It is just one of a series of main attractions which have been booked for the two-day show, and which once again promises something for all member of the family to enjoy. There will be no fewer than ten major shows within the main event and it is expected that more than 70,000 people will flock to the 110 acre Staffordshire County Showground for the mid week event.
It will feature more than 400 trade stands, 1,200 horses, and collectively more than 1,500 cattle, sheep, pigs and goats – making it the biggest agricultural show in the Midlands where town meets country in an extravaganza of various events. Great emphasis has been placed, by the organisers, the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, on providing a memorable two-day show for showgoers, exhibitors and competitors alike. In addition to all the agricultural livestock class, there is a show for dogs, which attracts more than 1,000 entries. This year there will be a special display by Canine Partners, the charity which provides highly trained dogs to help disabled people who spend their days in wheelchairs.
The Staffordshire County Show has become renown for the wide and varied attractions including an antiques marquee, a vintage agricultural machinery parade, as well as the opportunity for showgoers to buy, say a Landrover or a Porsche, a new kitchen range, a deer stalker or event a set of garden furniture and a hot tub. The opportunities to buy are numerous and farmers can check out the latest combine harvesters, tractors, seed drills, mowers and livestock trailers, which will be on display. Showgoers can take their time over a leisurely meal in the Ingestre Suit in the Members Pavilion or spend time in the Food Hall where the Heart of England Fine Food cookery theatre will tempt visitors to buy local produce from the 40 stands and then cook it back at home.
Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society said:
“We have once again the prospects of a fascinating two- day family oriented county show which includes a raft of other shows, within the main event, offering something for every member of the family, young or old, to enjoy.
“This is a traditional mid-week show which is also a shop window for farmers across the Midlands. We are naturally hoping for fine weather for the two- days. We are lucky that the showground is on high ground and that we have a large number of exhibition halls for people to shelter in and miles of tarmaced footpaths
criss-crossing the showground should the rains fall.
“This show is known for its friendly atmosphere and all our stewards, drawn from the SBAS’s county districts, wear black bowler hats, so ifshowgoers have any questions,they only have to turn to one of the scores of stewards who will be on duty both days of the show.
“In addition to the thrilling Devils Horsemen’s shows, we have the equally speedy Mounted Games of Great Britain, which will see six county teams take part
in a series of races, with the team from Staffordshire out to retain the championship award it won last year.
“There will also be show jumping, the Grand Parade of prize winning animals, and the very popular Staffordshire Young Farmers main ring floats competition.
“The Staffordshire County Show’s main sponsor is once again the SouthStaffordshire College, which also is running the very successful Animal Experience in the Country Pursuits Arena. We are naturally indebted to all our other sponsors too for their continued sponsorship, support and help in making sure
that this show is one of the premier events of its type in the Midlands,”
Richard Williams added that the show costs more than £300,000 to stage, with the costs being meet by sponsorship, livestock entry fees, ticket sales and from trade-stand revenue.
Tickets are on sale on line now and from outlets across Staffordshire.
For pictures and and more details about the show and its additional attractions
please log on to www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk