Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre, which will remain at its stunning new location in Spondon’s Locko Park.
The 138th Derbyshire County Show will be held on Sunday June 24th 2018 and is expected to attract thousands of people from across the region by showcasing the very best that the county has to offer.
The 2017 show was held at Locko Park, just off the A6096 in Spondon, for the first time in its history, to allow its previous home of Elvaston Showground to recover from flooding the previous year.
The show was a huge success, with almost 11,000 people attending the event, which had expanded to include a food fayre with some of the county’s most passionate and committed producers.
Organisers promise the event will be bigger and better than ever before with the return of a poultry show and a Kennel Club Dog Show, which will offer the chance to qualify for Crufts.
One of the show’s annual highlights are the two performances from J C Balls’ Dancing Diggers, who astound audiences with their intricately choreographed routines to music such as Elevation by U2 and I Like the Way You Move by OutKast.
Collectively weighing more than 80 tonnes, the diggers – owned by Ambergate-based company JC Balls, wiggle past each other with split-second precision.
The vehicles perform ‘handstands’ in time to the music and create a ‘wedding arch’ for other machines to drive through.
There will also be a Food Hall at this summer’s Show where visitors can purchase delicious produce, much of it produced here in Derbyshire. As well as cheese and artisan bread, the Derbyshire County Show will also host the award-winning Nelson’s Gin. Their gin is currently on the shelves in Harrods and Waitrose.
Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society, said: “The county show has a very grand history stretching back to 1860 and we have a proud reputation to uphold; staging an event which has something for every member of the family and celebrates all that is good about the countryside on our doorstep.
“This year’s show was very well attended and Locko Park proved to be a wonderful venue and stunning backdrop.
“However, it was the first time the park had staged an event for 30 years and naturally there were some teething problems around cars getting in and out of the show.
“We are already working on plans to ensure a different system is put in place for 2018 which will mean cars can easily access the site and park without problems, whatever time of day they decide to join us.”
There will be plenty of old favourites at the 2018 show which will include livestock displays in the parade ring, heavy horses, vintage cars and tractors, show jumping, light horses, craft stalls and floral displays.
The Derbyshire County Show began life as the Derbyshire Agricultural Show in 1860, when it was established by a group of landowners and farmers led by Dr John Hitchman.
The emphasis has changed over the years from showcasing predominantly agricultural activities and equipment to organising a more all-round day-out for everyone.
Mr Hicklin added: “When a show is staged almost every year for 138 years it has to evolve and move with the times.
“A change in location has allowed us to ring the changes and we can help shape the show so it continues to entertain and educate every member of the family without losing our traditional rural roots.
“We are working on some terrific elements for the 2018 show which will fulfil the vital function of bringing the countryside to life for young children and families - we just need the weather to oblige us now.”
Tickets are available online by visiting derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk
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