Show will celebrate countryside life

Olivia Hunniset on Blitzen and William Wilson on Poppy
Olivia Hunniset on Blitzen and William Wilson on Poppy

The Harborough district’s largest agricultural show featuring a host of contests, trade stands and food stalls is taking place this weekend.

The 57th annual Blaston Show on the showground in Blaston Road, Slawston, is being held on Sunday.

The show will have many main ring displays including terrier racing, classic and vintage tractors and show jumping. The many other attractions across the showground will include children’s fair rides,trade stands, rural crafts, tug of war, a licensed bar and food outlets, a modern farming display, dog show and hound show.

There will be many equine events including Equifest and BSPA qualifiers for hunters, cobs, riding, coloured horses and ponies, and mountain and moorland ponies.

This year will be the fourth year with a full range of cattle show classes and the usual sheep show will be present.

For a third year, the day will start with a classic car rally over a 30-mile radius ending up at the showground in time for the entrants to take part in judging. This was well supported last year and the show’s organisers hope for the same again this year.

Nw events include side saddle, dancing diggers, sheep dog display and a competition for district school children.

The NFU’s Let’s Talk Farming Roadshow will also be on the showground. It is part of its educational arm to encourage children to find out more about farming life.

Show director Will Young said: “It’s really important we introduce new events each year to keep the show up to date and enticing.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance as well as other local causes.

The horse and pony classes start at 8.30am with the other elements getting underway from about 10am. The event will draw to a close at about 5pm. Entry costs £15 per car plus occupants. For more see