Agricultural showpiece set to break more records

By Tim Clarke 28/05 Updated: 29/05 11:54

Buy photos » Youngsters Max and Finlay Shone enjoyed taking part in last year's grand parade. Picture by Nick Hands 2511011NHR5.

A RECORD number of about 920 cattle will be paraded in front of the judges at next month's Three Counties Show in Malvern.

The popularity of the county's agricultural showpiece, which takes places from June 15 to 17 at the Three Counties Showground, shows no sign of waning two years on from the axing of its Warwickshire rival the Royal Show.

Entries are up in all sections, with sheep showing the most significant increase, and ten breed societies have chosen to stage their national events at Malvern this year.

Show organiser the Three Counties Agricultural Society said it was thrilled its flagship event continues to gain momentum as it looks to break last year's turnout of 93,000 visitors.

Sharon Gilbert, the show's press and PR manager said: “Another year of healthy livestock entries is good news for the Three Counties Show, which is once again enjoying the popularity and credibility it deserves.

"It has been two years since the Royal Show disappeared, and yet the event continues to grow and thrive under its own steam, with waiting lists for livestock pens and agricultural trade stands. In fact, 2012 is the first year we have seen a waiting list to accommodate sheep, and equine entries are up too!"

Mrs Gilbert said organisers had continued to try and improve the show's layout and content as the society aims to make it England's premier livestock event.

Among the other highlights this year are the Federation of Small Businesses Food Security Debate, English Shearer of the Year qualifiers, live cookery demonstrations from the WI Cookery School with celebrity guest chefs Marcus Bean and Sophie Grigson, cheese and cider Shows, show jumping, pole climbing, a Wild West Show by the Devil’s Horsemen and the Big Wheel.

For tickets call the Ticket Hotline on 01684 584924 or visit the web site threecounties.co.uk for online booking.

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