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PRESS RELEASES FOR THE 2019 STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW

MAIN RING ATTRACTION IS REVEALED FOR THIS YEAR'S STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW
 
The ‘kiss of death’, ‘heel clicker’, ‘lazy boy’, and the ‘Superman seat grab’ are just a few of the incredible aerial tricks awaiting visitors to this year’s Staffordshire County Show. The stunts will be performed by the Bolddog Lings - returning to the show after proving a hit with visitors two years ago. The troupe of riders in the freestyle motocross display team have been announced as the main ring attraction for the show on May 29 and 30 and organisers are delighted at the line-up. 
Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “The Bolddog Lings proved very popular in 2017, they were an easy choice to invite back.“They are an incredible group of talented motorcycle riders and their attempts at mid-air tricks leave the crowd on the edge of their seats.“They have been delivering action-packed displays around the world since 1995, we are delighted they have agreed to come back to us this year.
“We are hoping that audience numbers exceed 2018’s record-breaking figures.” The Bolddogs bring with them a ramp which helps them fly through the air for distances of up to 75 feet. 
Joining them will be the Scurry Drivers, delivering fast-paced, equestrian thrills.  Teams of two ponies and riders compete against each other to complete the course in the fastest time possible.
 Other popular attractions returning to the Show this year will be the Country Pursuits Area which hosts falconry displays, farriers competitions, the ever-popular sheep show and duck displays amongst other things. Pig agility races will also return this year, as well as all the usual trade stands, food stalls, arts, crafts and produce tables.
Mr Williams said last year’s event saw the busiest second day of the show for more than 22 years.“The Staffordshire County Show really is a wonderful day out. There is something for everyone young, old and all those in between, we believe our programme of events makes us one of the best shows around,” he added. 
“We are gearing up to this year’s Show already and we’re looking forward to confirming more details over the coming months.”
The event, sponsored by South Staffordshire Water and South Staffordshire College, will take place at the Staffordshire County Showground on Weston Road, during May half term.
More details about exhibitors and entertainers appearing at this year’s show will be revealed over the next few months.
Tickets will be available to buy direct from the showground website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk from April 1 2019.
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FAMILIES URGED TO SAVE THE DATE FOR HALF TERM SHOW
 
Thousands of families across Staffordshire are encouraged to ‘save the date’ for the annual County Show as part of their half term programme of fun. Organisers of Staffordshire County Show said the two day half term event on May 29 and 30 was the perfect opportunity for a day out for all members of the family.The show programme is packed with attractions for children of all ages from youngsters who will enjoy the mud kitchen in the Woodfest area to teenagers who will be ringside for the revving engines of the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team. Whilst the next generation of farmers will be inspired by the first class entries in livestock competitions across the showground and enjoy everything at the heart of the traditional agricultural show.
 The Show at the County Showground on Weston Road is one of the area’s major events on the calendar and is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors. A huge part of its appeal is the large number of activities on offer across the extensive showground.
 Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “We know people plan ahead when it comes to days off and childcare during half term holidays so we want people to put the date in the diary now so they don’t miss out. “With it being a two day event it gives people the choice and we see many families return for the second day. “From babies still in pushchairs to grandparents and great-grandparents there is no doubt our fantastic show has something for everyone. It really is a family occasion enjoyed by all - it is where memories are made and talked about for many years.“For one fantastic ticket price the whole family gets to enjoy so many shows within one show - whatever their interest they are sure to have a wonderful time.
 “So diaries at the ready - choose your date and be ready when the early bird tickets go on sale on April 1 on the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk
 or from the showground office.”
 The event is sponsored by South Staffordshire Water and South Staffordshire College, among others.
Last year organisers recorded the busiest second day of the show ever in the 22 years Richard Williams has been involved. 70,000 people attended in total over two days in 2018.
 Holly Hobson, Show Secretary, said trade stand applications were coming in extremely well and urged anyone who wanted a trade stand pitch to showcase their services or product to more than 65,000 people to email [email protected] or call 01785 258060.
 For more information about the show visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk
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NEW ORGANISERS FOR THE COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS AT THIS YEAR'S STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW PROMISES MORE OF WHAT THE AUDIENCE LOVE
 
The Cookery Theatre at Staffordshire County Show will be in the hands of new organisers this year.The Demonstration Kitchen at the popular show on May 29 and 30 will be organised in association with the team behind The Stone Food & Drink Festival for the first time - and the organisers are promising more of what the audience love.Richard Stevens, one of the organisers, said they were delighted to be involved.“We have always been at the Staffordshire County Show, we have worked with the Lewis Partnership for last last couple of years but will be doing it all ourselves this year,” he said.“It is a premier event in the food and drink calendar so we are thrilled to be able to take it on.“We altered the format slightly last year to introduce a couple of 'Talks and Tastings' type slots which were very well attended, so we are looking to build on that format again.“Giveaways of sausages and gin went down very well.“For us, local is the main priority so we’re really focussing on that too.“The Showground in Weston Road is a stone’s throw from our base and the County Show attracts so many thousands of people each year so this is an opportunity not to be missed.“While preparations are in the early stages at the moment, we’re finalising a preliminary programme as we speak and are hoping to be able to announce some big names and give people the chance to see something a bit different for the 2019 show.“There will be something in the Cookery Theatre on the hour, every hour from 11am until 3pm each day - traditionally the stage is used to highlight the very best in food and drink and we will be doing that yet again.”
 Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “We are delighted to have this team on board. “They have always been a great support and been fully involved during the show, so it is great that they are now able to take on the Cookery Theatre and make it their own. “It sounds like it will be something our visitors will very much enjoy.”
 Last year the half term show saw 70,000 people visit over the two days.
 There are hundreds of trade stands featuring local and national businesses and organisations as well as attractions for all the family from the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team to animal petting, steam train rides and the opportunity to have a go at a variety of woodland crafts
 It is sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, and offers something for all the family.
For more information visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.
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FINAL PREPARATIONS BEING MADE FOR BUMPER STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW
 
Excitement is building ahead of next month’s Staffordshire County Show, which has been a year in the planning.Final arrangements are being made and the finishing touches being put to plans before the half term event on May 29 and 30, at the Weston Road Showground.As well as the usual, much-loved country pursuits area where visitors can enjoy the Sheep Show, the Quack Pack, watch farriers in action, see the giant tortoises and learn more about smaller animals, there will be a host of high-speed, adrenaline-fuelled entertainment. The Bolddog Lings motorcycle stunt team will take up their place in the main arena again with some breath-stopping aerial stunts. Scurry Drivers will also lead their equestrian charges around the ring in high-speed races, and a array of other attractions will ensure there is something for everyone.
 Last year’s event saw more than 70,000 visitors through the gate and organisers are confident those numbers will climb this year.
 The Show, sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, is becoming more widely known and online ticket sales are on a par with last year’s record figures.
 Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural
Society, said everyone involved is working around the clock to guarantee visitors a fabulous day out. “Shows like these take a lot of planning and we are so lucky to have a great team of staff and so many willing volunteers getting involved,” he said. 
“This year’s event will see some top quality action, as well as hundreds of trade stands, excellent food stalls and top quality agricultural livestock. “We are so proud that the Staffordshire County Show always delivers a fantastic, enjoyable day out for everyone - young and old. The final preparations are being put in place now to ensure everyone gets as much out of their visit as they can.”
 Online and ticket sales from the Showground office started on April 1 and outlets throughout Staffordshire will be selling tickets from May 1 - to find out where sells them near you visit the website.
 The Staffordshire County Show Facebook page has also have holding a number of online competitions. So far XX, XX, XX, XX, and XX have won family passes to the show. XX has won a chance to meet the Bolddog Lings and XX has won a VIP animal zone experience and XX has won entrance and a VIP lunch pass.
 There will be more competitions in the lead up to the show, including the chance to show a pig for the day.
 For more information on where to purchase tickets, and for any other questions about the Show visit the website.
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FOR STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW 2019
 
The President of one of the biggest shows on the Staffordshire calendar has said preparations are underway to show off the best of town and country. Staffordshire County Show President Raymond Nield said this year’s event is set to welcome people of all backgrounds and all ages like never before and engage them in agriculture in a new way.The retired NFU Secretary for the Eccleshall and Stone Group and a long standing member of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society said the organisers have ensured the Show on May 29 and 30 is steeped in tradition and agriculture, but has been planned to bring together the best of both town and country.“Staffordshire County Show has been going 219 years now. It has been and continues to be at the very heart of the agricultural community. It is a real priviledge to be President of this Show this year I am sure it will be a great demonstration of what the agricultural community gives to the public at large We are thrilled that for the first time ever, an interactive education roadshow which only appears at a handful of events each year will be part of our event. The National Farmers Union (NFU) Let's Talk Farming Discovery Barn, designed to enthuse children to learn about agriculture and where their food comes from , will have games and fascinating factsfor children to learn. we want to involve the general public with agriculture and ensure everyone knows about where their food comes from and the care that goes into it. People can also see the very latest farm equipment and development in breeding as well as hundreds of entries in the livestock classes and this year our sheep shearing competition will be the biggest yet - it’s a shop window for the agricultural community.But it’s also more than that. There are many other attractions on show outside of the farming industry which we are proud to champion and this year especially we have diversified yet again.“We have been taking bookings for trade and produce stands for some time, our main ring attraction is the motorcross stunt team the Bolddog Lings, our country pursuits area will have all the highlights of last year but also, for the first time, local attraction Amerton Farm will put on activities and a display. Our visitors numbers have been steady for many years, around the 65,000 mark, but last year we experienced an extremely busy second day with an outstanding attendance, and attracted 70,000 people over the two days. “We are simply getting bigger and better each year.” Mr Nield usually oversee security, traffic and car parks at the Show each year, but will be handing over to sebior members of his team due to his presidentual duties this year. He continues "In my role as President I look forward to welcoming our visitors to the Show and communicating with stall holders too as they avital, people want to come and see them as well. I am also looking forward to the main arena entertainment, including the Bolddog Lings and the scurry driving, who again continue to attract cosiderable attention and the Young Farmers floats are always a highlight on the afternoon of the second day
 At the event at the Showground on Weston Road there will be an antiques fair, bandstand concerts, a cookery theatre and food hall in the Prestwood Centre, a craft show and more than 400 trade stands.
 The Country Pursuits area will feature donkey rides, falconry, Sheep Show, ferret roadshow, fly casting demonstrations, rriers competition and the animal experience provided by South Staffordshire College.
 Staffordshire County Show takes place on May 29 and 30. Tickets are now on sale at the Showground Office or from the website at www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk. Trade stand information is available on the website or by telephoning 01785 258060 or emailing [email protected]
 For more information about the show and sponsorship packages that are available,visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.
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SHEEP SHEARERS AT STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW UPPING THE STAKESAS BAA-RILLIANT COMPETITION EXPANDS
 
The sheep shearing competition at this year’s Staffordshire County Show will be the biggest yet, organisers have revealed. At the half term event there will be the usual junior, intermediate and senior competitions - but for the first time there will also be a novice blade shears and an open shears competition. Staffordshire County Show, which takes place on on May 29 and 30, will be one of only nine places to hold a competition of this kind. Those serious BISCA (British Isles Shearing Competitions Association) English Shearers amongst the competitors will also collect points to qualify for the English Shearer of the Year Awards. Chief Sheep Shearing Steward at the popular family show, Angela Cope, said: “This is a huge step for us and we’re delighted to finally be able to host an open competition. 
“The sheep shearing committee has worked hard with improvements to the shearing stand to improve safety standards for the sheep and the competitors. “There is much activity behind the scenes and we rely on volunteers as well as being extremely grateful to the experienced shearing judges who travel here from all over the UK to maintain a high standard. “We are hoping the new competitions will attract some top quality competitors and that the viewing public will witness the skill, determination and experience needed to
participate and succeed in the sport of sheep shearing.” The new blade shearing competition will see participants use hand shears as opposed to machine shears.  In the open competition the four finalists will have to shear about 15 to 20 sheep each to a very high standard. “There will be approximately 550 sheep on site for the shearing competitions and we are indebted to a couple of local farmers for bringing the sheep to the showground,” Angela added.All shearing competitions will take place on the Wednesday at the Showground in Weston Road. On the Thursday the sheep shearing area hosts a shearing demonstration by a local shearing contractor, John Froggatt. Here the public can get a little closer, ask questions and enjoy a detailed description of the sheep shearing process.A Wool Handling Competition, which was introduced for the first time last year, will also be returning.
 The County Show, which last year attracted 70,000 visitors over two days, will also feature the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team and scurry drivers in the main ring. In addition there is a host of attractions in the Country Pursuits area, trade stands, food stalls and much more.
 Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, Richard Williams, said he was delighted to have an expanding sheep shearing area. He said: “We are very pleased that the sheep shearing area will be bigger and better than ever. “Agriculture is at the heart of our show and this is a large part of what visitors are interested in. “We also get a lot of young children seeing shearing for the first time and they are amazed. It is wonderful to see them all crowding round the stage and gasping in delight at the speed and technique these incredible shearers have.“It really is a sight to behold.”
 Tickets go on sale online from April 1. For more information about the Show and sponsorship packages available, visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.
 For more information on how to enter, rules and prize money for the sheep shearing and wool handling competitions visit www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk/schedules and www.britishwool.org.uk/newsclip.
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TICKETS FOR STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW GO ON SALE - BE READY!
 
On your marks, get set, buy tickets!
 With just a few weeks to go until tickets for this year’s Staffordshire County Show go on sale, organisers are hoping for the event’s biggest turn out yet and warning visitors to get their tickets early.The half term Show on May 29 and 30 will see some of the country’s most spectacular attractions descend on the Showground in Weston Road.Advanced tickets will go on sale from the showground office and online from 9am on Monday, April 1. Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said a lot is going on behind the scenes to ensure the 2019 Show is another roaring success.“We’ve had many enquiries from people across the country who want to come along and see what we have on offer,” he said.“Last year we had a spike in advance ticket sales as it seemed people wanted to get prepared for half term, take advantage of the discounted rate and also avoid any queuing when they arrive.
 “Advanced ticket sales were up 200 per cent on the year before and with the number of enquiries we’ve had this year already we expect people are looking to get prepared once again.“It’s not long until the tickets do go on sale, so get April 1 in the diary.“Tickets at outlets across the county and beyond will go on sale from May 1, but visitors can also buy them on the gate without the discounted rate.“We’ve got another great event lined up for everyone, all the family will have something to enjoy.” The Bolddog Lings, who wowed audiences in 2017, will return to headline the event again. They will keep crowds in the main ring entertained with fast-action motocross stunts. Featuring alongside them will be the Scurry Drivers with their fast-paced equestrian action.
 The ever-popular Country Pursuits area will have the same line-up as last year with all manner of animals and activities to keep visitors entertained. The Quack Pack and Sheep Show always prove a hit and they will be making a welcome return.
 There will also be all the usual trade stands, craft and antique fairs as well as a cookery theatre and demonstrations.
 Sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, the long-running Show is guaranteed to be a big one.
 Last year saw the busiest second day of the show in more than 22 years, and there were 70,000 visitors across the two-day event.
 For more information or to buy your tickets visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.
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DEADLINE LOOMING TO BOOK TRADE STANDS FOR POPULAR COUNTY SHOW
 
New exhibitors at this year’s Staffordshire County Show are being urged to get their applications in ahead of the deadline at the end of April  Last year there were more than 400 trade stands at the two-day half term family event. Organisers are urging anyone who hasn’t visited with their trade stand before to send in  their application in as soon as possible. The Show will take place at the Weston Road Showground on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.More than 70,000 people visited in 2018 and this year’s lineup looks set to bring more bumper crowds.
 Trade Stand Secretary Holly Hobson said last year’s event saw the busiest second day on record and organisers hope the 2019 show beats that target. “It’s going to be another bumper show and we would love to hear from any trade exhibitors who would like to come along,” she said.“The trade places are always very popular and fill up very quickly.“We don’t want people to miss out, so whether you’re running a business or organisation we will be accepting applications up to 30th April.  
“The earlier people send their applications in the better the stand position they are allocated - it is first come first served,” she added. Trade stands offer a wide range of products and services, selling everything from farm machinery, country clothing, furniture, plants, gifts, animal accessories a selection of food produce.
 Sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, the Show sees visitors and trade exhibitors travel from across the Country.
 The high-adrenaline fuelled Bolddog Lings will headline the main ring with their motocross aerial stunts team. The fast-paced equestrian Scurry Drivers will also feature in the main ring. Those looking for quieter, calmer entertainment can head to the Country Pursuits area with furry animals to meet and greet. The popular Sheep Dog and Duck Display and Ferret Roadshow will be held in the Country Pursuits Arena
 Mrs Hobson added: whilst agriculture is at the heart of the Show we welcome applications from a wide selection of businesses and organisations.”
 Information on the range of trade stand opportunities available can be found in the Trade Stand Booklet and details of prices can be found on the trade stand application form and on the website at www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk
 For further information please contact the Trade Stand Secretary, Holly Hobson, by telephoning 01785 258060 or email [email protected]
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INTERACTIVE ROADSHOW TO APPEAR AT STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY SHOW FOR FIRST TIME 
 
An interactive education roadshow which only appears at a handful of events each year will be part of this year’s Staffordshire County Show, it has been confirmed. The National Farmers Union (NFU) Let’s Talk Farming Discovery Barn, designed to enthuse children to learn about agriculture and where their food comes from, will be in place at the half term show on May 29 and 30. In the year the Staffordshire NFU group celebrate 100 years, it is the first time the roadshow will feature at Staffordshire County Show at the Showground on Weston Road. Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “Year after year we apply for the Discovery Barn to come to Staffordshire County Show but there is always stiff competition as it only features at a very small number of events across England and Wales each year. “We are thrilled to hear that this year is our year and we look forward to seeing the impact it has.“There is so much on offer at the Show for families and children already, but this adds something a little special too. “It will really enhance their experience and is yet another new attraction for the Show this year, which is shaping up to be a very interesting and enjoyable one for all those who attend.”
 The Discovery Barn, which is aimed at four to nine-year-olds, was improved in 2017 and will teach children about food provenance and the work farmers do to produce great tasting, nutritious produce and ingredients. It combines games and fascinating facts for children to learn on their own without teachers or assistance. Jeremy Lowe, NFU Staffordshire county adviser, said: “The Discovery Barn gives children a fun and interactive experience, designed to get them excited about food and farming. “The activities have been carefully created to educate them about the realities of farming, including livestock, tractors and technology. “We wanted to offer a true representation of farming in a way young people can understand and we’re absolutely delighted to bring it to Staffordshire Show for the first time this year.“2019 is an especially important year for us as it marks Staffordshire NFU’s centenary.” Let’s Talk Farming and Back British Farming promotional items will also be handed out at the show, while a centenary display will also be in the main NFU marquee to mark the milestone anniversary.
The show programme is packed with attractions for children of all ages from youngsters who will enjoy the mud kitchen in the Woodfest area to teenagers who will be ringside for the revving engines of the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team.
The ever-popular Country Pursuits area will have all manner of animals and activities to keep visitors entertained, like the popular quack pack and sheep show. There will also be all the usual trade stands, craft and antiques fairs as well as a cookery theatre.
 The Show is one of the area’s major events on the calendar and last year saw the busiest second day in more than 22 years, and there were 70,000 visitors across the two-day event.
 Sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, the long-running Show is guaranteed to be a big one.
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STAFFORDSHIRE ATTRACTION ADDS TO FUN AT COUNTY SHOW 
 
A new sculpting workshop will feature at this year’s Staffordshire County Show for the first time, organisers have revealed.
 Children and adults will have the chance to take part in magic wand making and spoon carving - while sat on shave horses created by the professionals. The new opportunity has been added to the lineup for the half term two day show on May 29 and 30 thanks to nearby attraction Amerton Farm. Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said they’re delighted to be able to add a new feature for all the family to enjoy. “I saw the sculpting workshop take place elsewhere last year and knew immediately it would be something that the people of Staffordshire and beyond would enjoy,” he said. “To have a local business and very popular attraction like Amerton Farm on board is a huge boost to our show and the local area. “We’re very pleased we’ve been able to work together for the first time and are sure there will be plenty of people sitting on the horses and having a go for themselves. “There are lots of videos online of them in action and it really is remarkable seeing them at work and the way they create such brilliant products. “I look forward to seeing plenty of people walking around the show with their own beautifully crafted spoons and wands on the show days.”
 The event at the County Showground on Weston Road is one of the area’s major occasions on the calendar and is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors. A huge part of its appeal is the large number of activities on offer across the extensive showground.
 Geraint Lloyd from Amerton Art Studios, based at Amerton Farm, said: “We differ from most craft companies in that we specialise in running large scale courses for the public rather than demonstrating or selling our own items. “We run courses in stone carving and greenwood working but by far our most popular courses is children's magic wand making on shave horses.”
The have a go activities will be £3 a go for the public and you get to keep the spoon or wand you make.
 The show programme is packed with other attractions for all the family included in the ticket price, from youngsters who will enjoy the mud kitchen in the Woodfest area to teenagers who will be ringside for the revving engines of the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team.  Whilst the next generation of farmers will be inspired by the first class entries in livestock competitions across the showground and enjoy everything at the heart of the traditional agricultural show.
 The event is sponsored by South Staffordshire Water and South Staffordshire College, among others.
Last year organisers recorded the busiest second day of the show ever in the 22 years Richard Williams has been involved. 70,000 people attended in total over two days in 2018. “We’re hoping the weather holds out and thousands of people once again come along to enjoy this year’s event,” Richard added.
 For more information about the show visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk
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Everything you need to know for next week's Staffordshire County Show
 
Thousands of people will head to the two day Staffordshire County Show during half term next week. More than 65,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates of the popular agricultural event, which will draw farmers from across the region who will all be showcasing various livestock in a number of contests.
Along with agricultural animals there will also be a dog show, giant tortoises and petting animals too.Main ring attractions include the motorbike stunt team the Bolddog Lings and scurry drivers - and they’ll also be an antiques fair, food hall, craft hall and trade stands.
 When is it?
The event will run on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. It is open from 8am until 8pm on Wednesday and from 8am until 6pm on Thursday.
Where is it?
The event will take place at the Staffordshire County Showground on Weston Road in Stafford. For those using a sat nav, the postcode is ST18 0ED.
 How much is it?
A ticket to the show will get you in for one day - either day - of the two day event. The option to land advanced tickets at a discounted rate end this week. They can be bought from the show website until 5pm on May 23, direct from the Staffordshire County Showground main office (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm) until 4.30pm on May 24 or from advance ticket outlets across the County until close of business on May 25. You can also turn up on and pay on the day with either cash or card.
Prices on the gate are £18 for adults, £5 children (5-15 years old) with OAPs and disabled visitors charged £16. There is a family ticket available for £42.
Under 5s are free. Ticket prices for late entry reduce after 3pm on show days.
 
How to get there?
A special shuttle bus service will be in operation from Stafford Railway Station to the Showground on the hour every hour between 9am and 2pm. Return journeys will leave the showground at quarter past the hour between 9am and 2pm, then on the hour every hour between 3pm and 6pm. There is free parking available at the showground, but please be aware this does get busy. There is disabled parking for blue badge holders.
 Can I take my dog?
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.
They are not permitted into the livestock areas, food hall or catering areas.
Timings:
A full programme of events will be on sale on the doors to the showground and
around the show itself. Main ring attractions start at 8am and the must-see attractions during the day, like the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team, will take place twice each day. The country pursuits area programme will begin at 10.30.
The cookery theatre will feature chefs giving demonstrations between 10am and 3pm.
 What should I take with me?
You don’t need to take  much as there will be a lot available at the show with many food and drink stalls. Some people like to take a chair but this isn’t essential. There is little seating available by the main ring, but if you need to sit then it is advised you bring a chair. Empty bags are a good idea for any purchases and, depending on the weather forecast, be prepared with sun cream or anoraks!
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Girlguiding display to be bigger and better at Staffordshire County Show after bumper 2018
 
One stand at this year’s Staffordshire County Show is set to be bigger and better than before - as the girl guides add bungee trampolines to their offering. Girlguiding Staffordshire will again be hosting a climbing wall but this year they will also offer visitors the chance to bounce on May 29 and 30. The group had the biggest display they’ve ever had at the event at the Showground in Weston Road last year - and organisers said it was such a success they not only wanted to return, but return with something bigger and better. Claire Keen from Girlguiding Staffordshire said: “Last year was a bumper year for us with the biggest display yet. We were hoping to make a big impact and attract more volunteers to Girlguiding Staffordshire - we did just that. “It was a huge success and we had quite a number of volunteers sign up during the two day event. “It was a great chance to meet families across Staffordshire and for them to find out more about the UK’s biggest charity for girls. “So there was no doubt we would return to the Show and we actually wanted to have an even bigger display. “I am thrilled that we’ll be bringing the climbing wall back for the second year running but this year we'll also be bringing bungee trampolines.” The guides will be set up in the Country Pursuits area at the half term show. Their stand will be near activities such as woodland crafts, pet animals, giant tortoises, farriers and displays by the quack pack and sheep show. Main ring attractions include motocross stunt display team the Bolddog Lings and Scurry Drivers with their fast-paced equestrian action. There will also be all the usual trade stands, craft and antiques fairs as well as a cookery theatre.
Sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, the long-running Show is guaranteed to be a big one. Last year saw the busiest second day of the show in more than 22 years, and there were 70,000 visitors across the two-day event. Holly Hobson, Show Secretary, said: “Girlguiding is such a brilliant organisation which has changed the lives of generations of girls and women. “We are delighted they wanted to return and bring an even bigger display with them - I think their activities will be very popular with the families that attend and I look forward to seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter as people take part. “The organisation includes girls from aged five upwards as part of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers - not to mention adult volunteers -  so there is plenty for visitors of all ages to come and find out about. “With about a month to go until the Show, tickets are selling well and we know there’s a great day in store for the thousands of people coming through the gates over the two days.”
 
For more information or to buy your tickets visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.
 
Or for more about Girlguiding in the county, visit https://girlguidingstaffordshire.org.uk/.
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Map of this year's Staffordshire County Show is revealed - what do you want to see?
 
The map showcasing the best of this year’s Staffordshire County Show has been revealed by organisers to help visitors plan their day. The half term family show, which regularly attracts more than 70,000 people over two days, will feature the best of family entertainment and the world of agriculture. This year’s event at the showground on Weston Road will take place on May 29 and 30 and will feature main ring attractions including motorbike stunt team the Bolddog Lings and scurry drivers as well as an antiques fair, food hall, craft hall and trade stands. Show secretary Holly Hobson said there has been a lot of interest in the map since it
was revealed online. She said: “Since the map was posted on our Facebook page we’ve had lots of people reacting to it and commenting to say they are coming.
“It doesn’t show everything in detail but gives a good overview of the site, so visitors can decide if they want to start their day in the woodland and country pursuits area or at the other end of the site by the fur and feather marquee and vintage machinery.
“We want people to be able to see just how much we have on offer for them to enjoy and also plan a route so you can see as much as possible when you’re here.
“Each year we have so many people telling us that they didn’t get to see everything in one day. “It’s also helpful to know where toilets, refreshments, first aid and cash points can be found.” A full programme of events will be on sale on the doors to the showground and around the show itself.
The show, sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, will also feature farriers in action, giant tortoises and animals for children to pet including calves, sheep, guinea pigs and rabbits in the Animal Experience marquee.
There will be falconry displays, a ferret roadshow, pig agility, a sheep show and fly casting demonstrations for fishermen too. Holly Hobson, the Show Secretary, said: “Our main ring attractions are especially popular but there is plenty to see around the whole site. “Woodfest, in the Showground’s own 15 acre wood, always proves popular with visitors, with a chance to see how our woodland is managed and get expert tips on basket making, clog making and try your hand at making willow wands or see spoon carving demonstrations. “People can walk around the woodland trail and take advantage of the picnic area. “The wooded area also plays host to the mud kitchen, where youngsters can take part in some messy play. “With so much going on, you can see why we wanted to get our map out there.”
 
Advance tickets are now on sale. For more information about the show visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk
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Chefs and Producers Revealed for Popular Cookery Theatre at this year's Staffordshire County Show
 
A line up of varied chefs and producers have been revealed for this year’s Staffordshire County Show to tantalise the taste buds of thousands of visitors.
Nine people representing the best of food and drink in across the area will take to the stage in the demonstration kitchen at the Showground on Weston Road during the half term show on May 29 and 30.On the Wednesday it will include Amarpal Harrar from iCookIndian, experienced butcher Nick Griffin, from Griffin’s of Stone, Ian Bradford of Lymestone Brewery and Richard Finney, Chef Lecturer at Stafford College, who teaches in the AA Rosette award winning Riverbank Restaurant.
The second day will see demonstrations from Jake Lowndes of Little Seeds bar and kitchen in Stone, craft chocolate maker James Walter from ethical, vegan and soy free Seed Chocolate, Neil Harrison of Nelson’s Gin and Liam Dillon of The Boat, Lichfield.Luca Bellomusto, senior sous chef at The Moathouse Hotel in Acton Trussell, who was lead chef for the Association of Chefs 2018 World Conference, will demonstrate on both days. It is the first year the Cookery Theatre has been organised in association with the team behind The Stone Food & Drink Festival.
Richard Stevens, one of the organisers, said: “We are very pleased with the experienced and talented chefs signed up for this year’s show, it is shaping up to be a fantastic occasion with a great variety of both food and drink on offer. “The chefs involved are very keen to appear as it is a premier event in the food and drink calendar, there is something for everyone in the line up we have.
“Luca is a member of the British Culinary Federation and Craft Guild of Chefs and Nick Griffin has recently been named The Best Butcher in Staffordshire in the prestigious TMP Business Awards. “Likewise, Richard Finney has also owned his own country pub, worked in Michelin starred restaurants and is a member of the Staffordshire Chef’s Forum while Jake Lowndes crafts vibrant, contemporary British dishes.” Richard added: “The 'Talks and Tastings' slots we introduced for the first time last year were very popular and we have built on those with our guests this year too. “For us, local is the main priority so we’re really thrilled to have the best of the local food and drink scene appearing at the show.”
There will be something in the Cookery Theatre on the hour, every hour from 11am until 3pm each day.
Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “Final preparations are being made for this year's show and the line up for the Cookery Theatre is something we always look forward to.
“It is looking like a great occasion and there is something to tantalise the tastebuds of everyone attending. “It sounds like it will be something our visitors will very much enjoy.” The show will feature main ring attractions including motocross stunt display team the Bolddog Lings and Scurry Drivers with their fast-paced equestrian action.
In the Country Pursuits area there will be woodland crafts, animal petting, giant tortoises, farriers at work and displays by the quack pack and sheep show.
 
There will also be all the usual trade stands, craft and antiques fairs as well as a steam train rides and pig agility races. Sponsored by South Staffordshire College and South Staffordshire Water, among others, the long-running Show is guaranteed to be a big one.
 
For more information or to buy your tickets visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk. Tickets can also be bought at the gate.
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A Brief History of the Staffordshire County Show
 
More than 200 years ago visitors enjoyed the first Staffordshire County Show and tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the show every year since.There has been a County Show every year since 1800 except during the war years and on two occasions following outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease.The Staffordshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1800 at the request of the then equivalent of DEFRA, which was encouraging the establishment of similar societies across the country. At this time the urban population was increasing and the government wished to establish societies which would aid the spread of new ideas to increase the volume and efficiency of food production. The Society’s aim is the same today as it was in 1800 – “to encourage excellence in agriculture through competition”, which it does through the annual County Show. From 1800 until 1956 the Show moved around the county towns but it was a far cry from the extravaganza it is today, with visitors enjoying the fun under canvass in town parks. However, in 1956 the current site on Weston Road, three miles outside Stafford, was purchased from the Earl of Shrewsbury and the Show established this base as its permanent home. Since 1956 the site has been developed such that there is now over 10,000 sq mtrs of exhibition space and a 750-seat conference centre hosting 165 events every year, in addition to the County Show, attracting over 485,000 visitors.
 
Other dates of interest
 
Mid 19th Century - Advent of railways make it easier for more people to visit the show, with decisions on staging the event being based on locations near railway stations.
1853 - Fowler’s patent drain plough exhibited.
1854 - Ransome’s patent plough and a steam thrashing machine on display.
1858 - Steam plough demonstrated.
1865 and 66 - Shows cancelled due to foot-and-mouth. No cattle shown at 1867 event.
1879 - Butter making machine of Eduoard Ahlborn ‘watched at work with the deepest interest of throngs of people’ . . . the method of making butter ‘without once touching it by hand’.
1894 - Working dairy exhibited at the show.
1896 - Duke of Sutherland’s private Mineral railway used to convey implements and stock to showground.
1904 - The Potters Electric Tramway Company construct a line from the Market Square, Hanley, to near the showground, which proved a huge success.
1909 - Prize offered for best turned out milk float.
1920 - Show restarted after WWl
1922 - Show limited to one day on grounds of expense
1929 - Motorcycle football match one of the attractions.
1947 - Show resumes after WWll, Women’s Land Army exhibit.
1948 - Dagenham Girl Pipers entertain crowds.
1967 - £1 full membership subscription increased, for the first time since 1870, to 30 shillings
 
Richard Williams, chief executive of Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society which organises the two day show, said: “There is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed Staffordshire County Show during the history of the show, which spans more than 200 years.“Generations of farming families have shown their animals, launched their business and used the show as a key event in the agricultural calendar and an event where they meet family, friends and contacts.
“One of my favourite stories is that an early competition held at the show was for the farm worker who had the largest number of children born in wedlock - there are so many stories that we hear from different people on show day.“You will often hear people reminiscing about past shows but more so about the stories their grandparents and great grandparents have told them about the show. It is wonderful to hear.
“The Staffordshire County Show has been the perfect shop window for so many within the farming industry for more than 200 years and that continues to be as prominent as ever today.”
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