The 2012 Moreton-in-Marsh Show - Saturday 1st September - is going to be a wonderful event for all the family and one we’re sure you won’t want to miss, so round up all your friends and family and come along on Saturday 1st September to enjoy a true Cotswold countryside event like no other.
You’ll quickly discover there’s far more to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show than you imagined. The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show which is held on the first Saturday in September each year. It is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. The Show is held in a parkland setting with no permanent buildings, so is built up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving a true country show atmosphere.
What you can see at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show?
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show has all the charm of a traditional country show and offers something for everyone. Competitions are held for horses, cattle (including the National Show of Poll Hereford Cattle), sheep (including the National Show of Cotswold Sheep), goats, poultry, dogs, crafts, flowers and even scarecrows. There are also over 300 trade stands selling everything from farm equipment and gardening gear to designer clothes and toys, as well as a wide selection of food and drink in our Country Larder Food Hall. All of this is complemented by a full day of family entertainment.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show aims to promote horses through education and competition. Horses have been an important part of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show for many generations. The show offers a diverse range of classes in recognition of the many types of horses within the county and is leading the way on the showing circuit. The Moreton-in-Marsh Show is renowned for its friendly approach, and offers competitors the chance to qualify for national championships and also the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. We expect to see around 950 entries in the showing classes each year, plus another 100 entries in Show Jumping.
Livestock are a vital feature of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show. The show hosts the National Shows of Poll Hereford Cattle and Cotswold Sheep - the former, although based in the next county, usually attracts entries from as far away as southern Scotland and all over England and Wales; the latter is more locally based but is still likely to produce over 100 entries. These are supported by a full range of classes for Dual Purpose and Beef Breeds of cattle and 15 sections of sheep classes, not counting Rare Breeds. Both Dairy and Inspection classes are held for Goats together with 8 classes for Pygmy Goats. Poultry are housed in their own large marquee where over 100 classes are staged and some stock is available for sale.
HOME AND GARDEN
The Home and Garden Section is the one area of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show which allows local people of all ages and skill levels to come and display what they have produced with their own hands during the year. The range of classes includes handicrafts, home cooking, art, photography, floral displays, wines, WI, and an ever-growing and permanently popular children's section.
One of the Grand Arena Attractions this year will be Jean Francois Pignon who has been appearing on stage for 20 years and has become world famous for the way he trains and exhibits horses. Performing all over Europe, Jean Francois travels with his six horses, all of different breeds. All are around 15.2hh and he adapts to each of them, asking of them things according to their natural disposition. Another big attraction for 2012 performing in the Grand Arena will be the JCB Dancing Diggers who are back by popular demand.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Show also has a dedicated Attractions Arena which this year will feature Claire Whiteley’s Duck & Dog Show and the famous Sheep Show with the dancing sheep.
The Attractions Arena also hosts the Vintage Tractor Parade, Vintage Motorcycles and the ever popular terrier racing. Alongside the Attractions Arena is a smaller display ring which features our ever popular ‘Mix and Mingle’ acts.
Have you ever seen an Omlet Eglu? (for those of you not in the know it is a ‘funky looking chicken house’ made from recycled polythene!) These days poultry keeping is becoming more and more fashionable and you can find out all about it in our Poultry Tent, which has now been granted Regional Status. There are more and more traditional breeds appearing at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show, with more than 100 classes including poultry, bantams, ducks, geese, turkeys, eggs and also junior exhibitors. Best of all if you can provide a good home and have a suitable container to take them home in there will be a limited amount of stock to buy on the day - what could be better than your own very fresh eggs!
FARMS AND CROPS
The on-farm competitions organised by the Farms and Crops Committee are at the core of some of the Moreton-in-Marsh Show Society’s aims and values - the improvement of breeding of livestock and of the standards of farming and farm craft.
Competitions run from May to November and range from classes for whole farms to those for green vegetables. There are two principal judging days in mid-June on which there is a mass exchange of judges with another agricultural society and these cover Flocks of Sheep, Dairy and Suckler Herds, Farm Boundaries, Conservation, Farming Competitions, Champion Corn Crops, Pulses, Linseed and Oilseed Rape.
COUNTRY LARDER FOOD HALL
The dedicated food marquee gives visitors the chance to sample and purchase a wide range of food and drink products. Food Retail sponsor Warner Budgens encourages local producers to exhibit in the Food Retail Marquee at the Moreton-in-Marsh Show.
ADULTS Show Day £16.50 Advance £13.50
CHILDREN (5 - 15 years) Show Day £6.50 Advance £4.50
FAMILY Ticket (2 Adults, up to 3 children) Show Day £42.00 Advance £35.00
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|Notes||The Moreton-in-Marsh Showground is situated off the A429 north of the town.
Saturday 1st September 2012
Gates open at 7.30am
Gates close at 6pm
Map reference: SP 204324 Lat: 51.99019 Long: -1.70382
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