North Somerset Show returns for celebration of region's agriculture

PUBLISHED: 17:07 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:21 02 May 2019

Charlotte and Heather Limond with their Holstien cattle at the North Somerset Show last year.

Charlotte and Heather Limond with their Holstien cattle at the North Somerset Show last year.

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One of the region's most popular events will return for the 160th time this Bank Holiday weekend.

The North Somerset Show will once again be held at the North Somerset Showground, in Wraxall, on Monday.

Show staples such as livestock classes with cattle, pigs and alpacas will return, while the equestrian programme includes showjumping, Royal International Horse Show qualifiers and more.

The inaugural North Somerset strongest man contest will also take place, with more than 20 heavyweight contestants due to compete.

Beekeepers from across the district will make their fifth appearance at the show to promote beekeeping and showcase a tempting range of tasty and healthy produce.

Equestrian fans can learn more about the pros and cons of re-purposing thoroughbred racers at this year's show, where the charity Retraining of Racehorses will feature for the first time.

Founded in 2000, it aims to prolong a retired racehorse's career by training them in another skill such as dressage, showjumping or polo.

Jo Copleston, from North Somerset Show, said: “A great deal of time, effort and money goes into the retraining and rehoming of racehorses and we are thrilled to have them at the North Somerset Show this year.”

An ironwork section returns to the Showground and features four live forging classes.

The ironwork section counts as a qualifying round for the National Blacksmiths Competition.

As well as master craftsmen and experienced wrought ironworkers, there is a special award for apprentices and student blacksmiths.

Profits raised on the day will go towards funding a free educational day for key stage two pupils in July, where more than 2,000 youngsters will learn about where their food comes from and the integral role the countryside plays.

Show organiser Tim Ledbury said: “Agriculture is especially important in this region and the show gives farmers, traders and visitors the chance to celebrate the very best of our countryside.

“There will be a lot of family fun and entertainment throughout the day.”

Tickets, priced £6-40, are available at www.nsas.org.uk or on 01934 837285.

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