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West Mid Show set to be a success

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

Thousands of people will be heading to Shrewsbury for this year’s Shropshire County Show.

Displays, demonstrations, hundreds of trade stands and a host of family entertainment is billed for the event at Greenhous West Mid Showground, the home of the show for more than 140 years.

Organisers today said the event, on May 27, was set to be the best yet with something to interest everyone.

There will be a full programme, from early morning arena attractions, including the return of the Imps motorcycle display team, last at the show in the 1990s.

Visitors to the show will also be able to hear the Wirral Marching Piping Band as well as a display of horses and carriages and see the very finest breeds of cattle, sheep and poultry and horse and dog shows.

Another highlight at the show will be tractor pulling where huge tractors from around the country and abroad will arrive to take part in the first round of the British Tractor Pulling Championships

There will also be a kids zone with a huge T-Rex roaming the showground, a hay bale maze, army activities and street entertainers, including Magic Kev and the Animal Man.

Ian Bebbington, director of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society said: "The show committee, which is made up entirely of volunteers, have worked incredibly hard to bring together a non-stop programme which will thrill everyone.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the the rural community and highlight the role it plays in our daily lives with our visitors.”

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Show bosses are also on the look out for musicians keen to perform in front of a crowd of thousands.

They will be entertaining the crowds as they make their way around the showground.

Mr Bebbington added: “It’s a new initiative for the show and we thought it would just add to the atmosphere to have a bit of music at certain spots around the showground.

“We are not for a minute suggesting that Shropshire County Show will become a busking festival, but we suddenly realised that we had a great opportunity to give aspiring musicians the chance to play in front of thousands of people.

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“We will have about half a dozen busking spots around the showground and we are asking people to get in touch if they would like to play.”

Anyone interested can call Mr Bebbington on 01743 289831 or email manager@westmidshowground.com.

The show typically attracts in the region of 10,000 to 15,000 visitors.

Advance tickets are available by going to the website at www.westmidshowground.com or calling 01743 289831. They cost £13 for adults or £30 for a family of two adults and three children. Children aged 13 and under are free.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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