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The event of the year: Herts County Show

PUBLISHED: 20:00 07 May 2014

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With this year’s Hertfordshire County Show almost upon us, get ready for an action-packed bank holiday weekend which promises fun for all the family

The Bolddog motorcycle display teamThe Bolddog motorcycle display team

Now in its 128th year, the 2014 Hertfordshire County Show at The Showground, Redbourn on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25 has the theme ‘showcasing the heart of Hertfordshire’ and is set to be as popular as ever – last year’s event pulled in 35,000 visitors.

The show, which began as an agricultural event, still honours that tradition, but now encompasses a massive range of family events, stalls and workshops.

On the major show stage – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Arena – on Saturday will be jousting and Cossack riding by stunt and trick-riding team the Devil’s Horsemen, a performance by the Imps motorcycle display team, and an eagle and vulture show. On the Sunday, entertainment here will include a Shetland pony dinky Derby, the Bolddog Lings motocross display team, and a Herts hi-tech farming display. The Essex Caledonian Pipe Band will play on both days.

In the Countryside Arena, visitors can get close to alpacas, see birds of prey, beagles and basset hounds, and watch dogs play flyball – a sport that tests the animals’ agility, speed and training. There will also be a demonstration of carpentry making traditional walking sticks and shepherds’ crooks. Add to this the human circus – with circus workshop tuition – face painting, a sheep show, show jumping, Hertfordshire farmyard animals, simulator rides and Mr Alexander’s Victorian Travelling Show, and visitors might start wondering how to fit everything in.

The Rockwood Dog Display TeamThe Rockwood Dog Display Team

Refreshments will be available throughout the event, with plenty of places providing food and drink. The popular Made in Hertfordshire marquee will be offering a large range of local food as well as craft products.

Finalists’ artwork from a Herts primary schools’ competition to capture what make the county a special place to live and work will be displayed in the Hertfordshire County Council marquee.

Hertfordshire Life will also be at the show – come and see us opposite the Food Hall, where we will have competitions (fancy a retreat for two at Champneys?), give-aways and more. Drop in and say hello to the team. We will also be tweeting before and throughout the event at #LoveHertsLife – join the conversation and let us know what you are loving about all the action.

Show secretary Mike Harman said, ‘Although the show is already acknowledged as the best value-for-money community event in the county, we are determined to extend our growing reputation in 2014. And this year, our Family Advance ticket at just £33.60 admits two adults and two children to the unique Hertfordshire County Show experience.

Sheep on showSheep on show

‘We warmly welcome new visitors to join our large following of regular supporters to celebrate the 128th show.’

Parking is free. Gates open at 8.30am on both days and visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic delays at peak times.

To book tickets, call 0844 850 2122 or visit hertsshow.com

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