Royal Three Counties Show hosts diverse range of rural competitions

17th May 2017

Visitors to this year’s Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, on 16-18 June will be able to see a vast range of agricultural competitions covering many aspects of the diverse farming and rural industries which cover Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Head of shows Diana Walton says this year’s attractions include three full days of Young Farmers Club competitions, including the West Midlands regional ATV handling finals, as well as stock judging and tug of war. “Royal Three Counties Show is delighted to welcome young farmers from across the region to compete at the show and to showcase their skills in a wide range of competitions.

“While there is of course a serious side to much of the competitions these youngsters will be taking part in, the most important aspect of them is encouraging the next generation of the farming industry to hone their skills and interact with the public,” she added.

“For many years there has been a shortage of young people entering the agricultural industry and Royal Three Counties Show is committed to working with YFC to showcase the diversity which exists in British agriculture and to ensure it is considered as a career option by those with and without an existing connection to the industry.”

Away from the YFC activities the show will also play host to a shearing Test Match between England and Wales, with the two country’s best shearers going head to head on the Saturday of the show. “This is sure to be a real grudge match and one that will have spectators transfixed as these elite shearers get in to action.

“The Test Match will take place alongside the usual sheep shearing competitions in the shearing pavilion, giving the public a chance to see the skill and athleticism required for what can appear a simple task.”

And the show will once again be the focal point for the region’s cider industry, with the Cider Show having an increased profile at the event in the Severn Hall.

“The popularity of cider among the British public has never been higher and the Royal Three Counties Show sits at the heart of one of England’s biggest cider apple producing regions. As a result, there is an increasing interest in the Cider Show and this year it has been extended to include a garden area.

“In addition, throughout the show a number of industry experts will be on hand in the Severn Hall, providing a networking opportunity for local growers as well as visitors who want to learn more.”

The region’s forestry industry will also gain a higher profile at this year’s show with the re-introduction of the pole climbing competitions to the event, together with demonstrations of sawmilling, information on trees, pests and diseases, best practice for pruning and advice on careers in forestry and aboriculture. “The Royal Three Counties Show incorporates some of the most diverse farming and rural industries of anywhere in the UK and it is great to be able to showcase so many aspects of this at the Show.

“While our livestock classes may be the most prominent competitive element of the show there are many other aspects which will give visitors to the event a great overview of the exceptional produce available from the region. Importantly the show also showcases just how farming and the rural industries contribute to the local economy and sustaining the countryside we all know and love,” added Mrs Walton.