Royal Three Counties Show showcases wide spectrum of countryside competitions
Prize winning livestock may take much of the glory at the Royal Three Counties Show in association with JCB Paint, but they are just one part of a wide spectrum of other countryside competitions which will take place over the three days of the show from 15-17 June this year.
Head of Shows Diana Walton says the event will be a feast of competitions for everything from sheep shearing through to tug of war, with something for all the family to enjoy. “Prize winning livestock are very much at the heart of the Royal Three Counties Show’s agricultural content, but there is a lot going on elsewhere around the showground which visitors can enjoy and be inspired by.
“Allied to the livestock theme, the show will once again host a shearing competition, with the show being one of 10 shows on the English Shearing Circuit for 2018, with points awarded at each show towards the 2018 English shearing championships.
“In addition, Royal Three Counties Show in association with JCB Paint, is one of five shows on the wool handling circuit for the year, with it being the final show of the circuit and hosting the prize giving for this competition. While wool handling may lack the drama of machine shearing, it is a vital part of the wool harvesting process helping maximise the value farmers receive for their wool clip. We are delighted to host the prize giving for this year’s English circuit and play a part in recognising the skills and abilities in the wool industry.”
Mrs Walton said Young Farmers Clubs from the three counties would also host a range of competitions at the show, including tug of war, round bale pushing relays in the main ring and stock judging competitions. “As with any industry farming needs keen, knowledgeable young people coming through
And, following on from the success of last year, this year’s Royal Three Counties Show will once again give an increased profile to British cider and perry, with the International Cider and Perry Show taking a prominent position in the Severn Hall, featuring the cider museum, a range of talks and fun activities for children, as well as many local producers.
Mrs Walton said the Royal Three Counties Show sat at the heart of one of England’s prime cider apple producing regions, resulting in an increasing interest in the Cider Show and everything that goes along with cider production.”
Meanwhile, the show will also host its cheese and dairy produce competitions, with these show casing dairy produce from across the three counties. “This is a true celebration of dairy produce and features 17 different classes for different types of cheese, milk and ice-cream. Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite in the ‘People’s Choice’ competition’,” added Mrs Walton.
The region’s blacksmiths will also be under the spotlight in the show’s farriery section, with a full range of competitions attracting entrants from across the UK. “Blacksmiths from across the country will compete in a range of events, including horse shoeing classes for both apprentices and experienced farriers, as well as forgeworking and a speed chain making competition.”
Along with that, after a successful return last year the popular pole climbing competitions will return too in the show’s forestry area. “This area will also feature demonstrations of sawmilling, information on trees, pests and diseases, best practice for pruning and advice on careers in forestry and aboriculture.
“The Royal Three Counties Show incorporates some of the most diverse farming and rural industries of anywhere in the UK and it is great to be able to showcase so many aspects of this at this year’s Show,” added Mrs Walton.