Enjoy rural life at Blaston Show

Sheep shearing competition during Blaston show. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140630-093625001

Sheep shearing competition during Blaston show. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140630-093625001

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Does a traditional rural, countryside show even exist in the area any more?

Somewhere with cattle, sheep, show jumping, a dog show and loads of trade stands?

Well, yes it absolutely does. It’s the popular Blaston Show.

The 59th Blaston Show takes place on Sunday, June 26 in Slawston, between Market Harborough and Uppingham.

“It’s a perfect family day out, with plenty for all to enjoy” said show spokesperson Hilary Manners.

The annual dog show is always well attended, with over 100 dogs taking part each year.

For equestrians Blaston Show offers show jumping, showing and in-hand classes, as well as the ever popular ‘family horse or pony’ and even a mature riders class for the over 45s.

Native breeds of cattle, such as Hereford, South Devon and Lincoln Red will be on display, together with a selection of prime stock cattle.

There is also a sheep and lamb show with a vast array of classes including a fleece competition.

For the more mechanically minded visitors, a classic and vintage car run starts at the Wheel and Compass pub in Weston by Welland, finishing some 30 miles later in the show’s main arena.

The showground will also be packed with over 50 trade stands and food outlets, plus a bouncy castle and climbing wall for the children.

Entrance to the show costs £15 per car. Gates open at 8am.

A lot of money raised on the day goes to charity, with Leicester-based child safety charity Warning Zone being this year’s principal beneficiary.

Blaston Show secretary Jo Costello said the charity helps children “learn how to evaluate situations and make the right choices”.

More information on the show can be found at www.blastonshow.co.uk