THE CHAIRMAN of Nottinghamshire County Show is encouraging Nottinghamshire people to learn more about where their food comes from and support the county’s show taking place in May this year.

The Show has many varied activities across two days to suit all tastes and this year the show will be working closely with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the University of Nottingham to show the public where their food comes from.

Chairman Richard Sheldon said: “We want the public to have a better understanding of farming and where their food originates from. People are getting more health conscious and interested in where their food comes from and as part of the show we want to help demonstrate this process and get people excited about local produce.

“The Show is the perfect vehicle to display the best of Nottinghamshire and we want to urge people to come to the show, experience the huge amount on offer throughout the two days and support British agriculture. Come rain or shine – Nottinghamshire County Show has something for everyone.”

During the Show, students from the Brackenhurst department of animal, rural & environmental sciences of The University of Nottingham and the NFU will have an exhibition that will look at the lifespan of a potato, from seed through to crisp.

Nottinghamshire County Show has a vibrant history. Originally, two separate shows – the Newark Show and Nottingham Show were merged together in the 1950s / 60s to form one big county show celebrating the best Nottinghamshire has to offer.

The buildings on the new showground in Newark were named after all the various benefactors and people who helped to found the show in its new format.

Richard added: “In order to keep Nottinghamshire’s agricultural past and present alive – it is something everyone needs to support for future generations to enjoy. Today it is harder than ever for farmers and their guests to attend the Show and we want to support them as much as we can.”

People can support agriculture and local farmers by taking out a membership with the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society. Members will receive free entry on both days of the County Show, the Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show and the Midlands Machinery Show.

Members also have access to priority parking areas and facilities exclusive to members including the pavilion and ringside bar.

Members also receive discounted entry to some of Newark Showground’s other popular events throughout the year.

Richard added: “The Show is a great place to network with friends and business colleagues. We are trying to get the entire county involved in what the Show has to offer.

“In recent years the support for county shows has dwindled but, we are now seeing a trend emerging where people are coming back to us because of their interest in local produce, the environment and their desire to support local ventures.

“We are the first show of the season and it’s such a great day out whether you are coming along with your family and friends, or simply there for business. I look forward to welcoming attendees in May.”

Taking place on the 9 and 10 May at Newark Showground, the all-weather show prides itself on being one of the only county shows in the UK to accommodate a heavy horse display of its size and scale and will once again feature the ever popular and entertaining New Zealand sheep show who wows the crowds as the shears come out.

In its 132nd year, the family show is one of the most prestigious county shows in the country and will be jam packed with activities to keep all ages happy.

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