Stage Set for bumper Royal Three Counties Show

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8th June 2018

Next week’s Royal Three Counties Show in association with JCB Paint is all set to be another bumper event with something for all the family and anyone with an interest in farming and the countryside.

The show, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 15-17 June, is one of the largest agricultural events in England and draws livestock competitors from far and wide, explains head of shows Diana Walton.

Many of the firm favourites are back at this year’s show, including the Three Counties Cider and Perry Show, the Wellington Boot Theatre, the Cookery Theatre and the Ask The Farmer Area, all of which will give show-goers the opportunity to speak to people involved in producing food and drink across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as well as many of the cast of the long-running radio drama The Archers and a host of sports people.

“The Archers is one of the most famous radio programmes in the world and I know many of its fans will be keen to meet their favourite actors at the show,” added Mrs Walton.

“Of course, taking centre stage in the show’s agricultural area will be the livestock and once again this year the show has some exceptional entries across all sections, particularly the sheep classes, which feature record entries in a number of sections.

“This year’s English National Beltex Show has attracted more than 100 entries, while the National Southdown Show has seen more than 95 entries come forward from across the country. That so many breeders want to show at Royal Three Counties is testament to the esteem the show is held in and the benefits winning here can bring to their businesses.

This year’s show, the 60th to be staged at the Society’s Malvern showground, will also feature National Shows for British Blonde, Murray Grey, Longhorn, Gloucester and Red Poll cattle, with this being the first time the Red Poll breed has staged its National Show at the Royal Three Counties.

“With the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show taking place on the third day of the show, visitors have a truly unrivalled chance to see a wide variety of British livestock found on farms the length and breadth of the UK. The Royal Three Counties Show is still an agricultural show at its heart and this brings a large number of farmers through the gate to see the exceptional quality of livestock on display,” she explained.

“We are delighted to welcome such strong entries across our livestock sections and look forward to seeing our champions crowned across all three days of the show, including the Grand Parade Champion of Champions which this year will be judged by members of the cast of The Archers.  

Away from the livestock area the show will also host a wide range attractions including a parade of machinery through the ages which will take place in the JCB Paints Main Arena on each day of the show and will feature a wide range of machinery from the last century of farming. “The pace of change in farming through mechanisation has been huge over the last 60 years and is increasing all the time with the advent of autonomous, robotic tractors.

“Just a century ago heavy horses were the mainstay of the farming industry, with tractors a rare sight. The parade of farm machinery through the ages will document the changing face of farm mechanisation on British farms and showcase the very latest in modern farm machinery.”

And the show’s shearing shed will also see intense competition, including the final round of the English Wool Handling championships which have taken place at four previous shows across England. “The Royal Three Counties is the final show on the circuit and will see the championship winners receive their awards.”

Mrs Walton said everything was now set for an excellent show which would be a true celebration of the British countryside. “There is no better place to come and enjoy everything the countryside has to offer than Royal Three Counties Show and we look forward to welcoming bumper crowds to the show,” she added.