The 183rd Rutland County Show this year is on Sunday, May 31. The show office is hoping for another beautiful day like their first in the new showground last year.
The showground’s new location allows visitors to walk into the site from Oakham town and with its two free shuttle buses from Uppingham and Oakham the gates should be busy.
New to the showground is a much improved ticketing system, bigger show layout, online sales and banks on site - these are certainly the signs of a growing show.
“We are really keen to make the Rutland Show about Rutland people” said show director Emma Dodds.
“We have local groups, clubs and societies joining us this year in our new Rutland Ring as well as in the Education Zone, alongside our new Local Larder which is aimed at celebrating our home-grown food and drink producers.
“The Member’s Marquee this year is a glazed stunning pavilion with its own bar and café run by Robert Reid.
“And the great thing is, for just a few pounds more than the gate price, you can become a member, ”continues Emma.
Other additions to the show this year are a Farrier Competition – managed by local farrier Stephen Hill and Stamford School is sponsoring the expanded Education Zone.
The Rutland show organisers are committed to providing a show full of fun farming things to do and see whilst at the same time supporting local societies and sports clubs; this year the showground’s tenants, Royce Rangers and Oakham Rugby Club, will be in the Rutland Ring and having a stand to showcase their clubs.
There will also be a vintage dairy, the NFU roadshow, the dog zone, the parrot show and the hilarious sheep show.
In the Pavilion this year they have a demonstration kitchen, and have secured the services of Sean Hope from the Olive Branch, Darren Tinkler, a specialist independent chef, Camille Ortega McLean, from The Pickled Village, Duncan Brown, from Brown’s Gourmet Sausages and other local producers and chefs.
No show would be complete without the main ring attractions and this year we have the Mounted Games of GB, the new Military Working Dog Squadron based at St George’s Barracks, Canine Partners, Leicester Tigers and of course the very popular Cottesmore Hunt, but the highlight of the day though is always the prestigious Parade of Livestock Champions.
Then, of course, you have the shopping experience with more than 140 stands.
Gates open at 8.30am.