THIS year’s Kington Show is expected to attract the top sheep shearers from the UK and overseas, for a high-profile competition that is being billed as a “fast and furious spectacle”.
Among the last remaining one-day livestock shows in the county, the Kington Show will return on September 13 and, alongside a varied assortment of traditional agricultural classes and entertainment, the shearers will take top billing.
The show – at The Ovals Farm ¬– will feature junior, intermediate, senior and open categories, and will be run under British Isles Shearing Competition Association rules.
The best local shearers will also be facing off with famed lumberjack display team the Wye Valley Axemen to find out whose hands are the quickest.
The more traditional competitions will involve horse, cattle and sheep classes and culminate in a Grand Parade of Livestock.
There will also be dog and horticultural classes, as well as Young Farmers’ competitions.
The main ring will feature some high-octane racing throughout the day with Welsh trotting racing and an eight-horse Interhunt Competition head-to-heads taking over.
As well as the Axemen, there will be demonstrations from equestrian display team The Mounted Games, and displays from Ridgeside with lurchers and falcons.
There will be some more exotic animals on show at the Animal Mania section, giving people a chance to get up close to lizards, snakes, chinchillas and creepy crawlies.
Knowles’ Dairy will give visitors a unique insight into how milk was produced between 1940 and 1960, with the working display offering the authentic sights, sounds and smells of a dairy at that time.
The nearby Games Arena will feature giant garden games, like snakes and ladders and dominoes, all of which will be free to play on.
Throughout the day there will be a free 29-seater shuttle bus ferrying visitors from Mill Street in Kington to the showground every half-hour, between 10 and 6.30pm.
The charity Event Mobility will organise and operate powered wheelchairs and electric scooters for use by disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors on the site, and disabled parking has been organised.
Entrance to the show, which will run from 9am to 6pm, costs £10 for adults and £5 for 10-16-year-olds, with parking and children up to 10 years old free.
Dogs are welcome, provided they are on a lead and under control.
For more information call the show’s secretary on 01432 8450 444, visit www.kingtonshow.co.uk , or to arrange event mobility call 1386 725391.