Final preparations are being made for this month’s Staffordshire County Show, which is expected to attract thousands of people to enjoy the huge variety of entertainment.
The map for this year’s event at the showground on Weston Road has been revealed this week, indicating just how big it will be and revealing where all the attractions can be found to make it easy for people to plan their visit in advance.
The show, which has been going for 218 years, will take place on May 30 and 31 during half term.
Last year, 65,000 people turned out and even more are expected to visit this year.
Show secretary Holly Hobson said there has been a lot of interest in the map since it was revealed online. She said:
“Since the map was posted on our Facebook page we’ve had lots of people reacting to it and commenting to say they are coming.
“We want people to be able to see just how much we have on offer for them to enjoy. By having the map before hand, visitors can plan their day and decide what they want to head for first and where they are going to stop for refreshments.
It’s also helpful to know where toilets, first aid and cash points can be found – as well as our new breastfeeding and baby change area.”
A full programme of events will be on sale on the doors to the showground and around the show itself.
Attractions include the JCB Dancing Diggers and Rockwood Dog Display Team in the main ring and Alison’s Bee Class, Chartley Chucks and giant tortoises in the Country Pursuits area – as well as a host of other animals for children to pet including calves, sheep, guinea pigs and rabbits in the Animal Experience marquee.
There will be falconry displays, a ferret roadshow, a sheep show and fly casting demonstrations for fishermen too.
In the same area there will be horseshoeing and shoemaking competitions, fly-tying demonstrations and youngsters will love the donkey rides.
Holly Hobson, the Show Secretary, said:
“Our main ring attractions are especially popular but there is plenty to see around the whole site. We quite often see families return two days in a row as they didn’t have time to visit our country pursuits area, the woodfest area, the antiques fair, the food hall, the craft hall or all the trade stands the first day they came.”
Mrs Hobson said Wednesday’s Main Ring events will include hounds and beagles, a vintage machinery parade and show jumping.
“Thursday’s entertainment will include a parade of the young farmer’s floats which is always entertaining. We also know the amazing rare giant tortoises, which featured for the first time last year, will be another attraction people are looking forward to as well as the chance to hold a range of reptiles and creepy crawlies.
“Woodfest in the Showground’s own 15 acre wood always proves popular with visitors, with a chance to see how our woodland is managed and get expert tips on basket making, clog making and try your hand at making willow wands or see spoon carving demonstrations.
“There is also the chance to see a logger and his team of horses in action. People can walk around the woodland trail and take advantage of the picnic area. The wooded area also plays host to the mud kitchen, where youngsters can take part in some messy play.”
South Staffordshire College is the Show’s main sponsor for the seventh year and the College will also have their own stand.
Mrs Hobson said:
“With so much going on, you can see why we wanted to get our map out there. There’s a lot of area for people to cover. A lot of effort has gone into making the show a huge success and we can’t wait to see our visitors enjoying every second of it.”
Staffordshire County Show takes place on May 30 and 31. Tickets are on sale at the showground office or the website.
For more information about the show visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk