Chepstow Show set to draw crowds
CHEPSTOW Show is back tomorrow with a new venue and, organisers hope, a change of fortune with the weather.
Last year’s event, like so many during one of the wettest summers on record, had to be called off, depriving Chepstow Agricultural Society of valuable income and south Monmouthshire of one of its biggest annual events.
Around 6,500 people enjoyed the 2011 show, and with a dry day forecast, another big crowd is anticipated for the show’s first year at Chepstow Racecourse, Sections at this year’s show, which will seek to make the most of the increased space on offer, include livestock, horses and ponies, dogs and Kennel Club, rabbits, horticulture, and homecrafts.
Due to public demand, show jumping classes are back in the programme, while other attractions include a selection of vintage machinery on show and in action, trade stands, a crafts marquee and food hall, and a licensed bar.
The show will be officially opened at 10am, but events in the main ring begin at 9am, so spectators are advised to arrive early to avoid missing anything.
Among the main ring events will be a display by the Forest of Dean driving trials group, a parade of foxhounds by the Curre and Llangibby Hunt, and a grand parade of prize winning livestock.
The Rockwood Dog display team will also demonstrate its skill and agility before youngsters have their chance to show their athletic prowess in a series of children’s races.
Chepstow Agricultural Society has a history dating back to 1841 when it formed as Chepstow Farmers Club, when a ploughing match at Hayes Gate Farm was organised by the area’s farmers.
The Chepstow Agricultural Society was created in the 1920s, around the time of the first show at Piercefield Park. Since resuming after the Second World War, the show has outgrown venues, but organisers hope the racecourse can provide a more permanent solution.
Admission to the show will cost £8 for adults, £6 for OAPs, and £4 for children, though under-fives get in free. Family tickets cost £20.
For more information on the show and on Chepstow Agricultural Society, visit chepstowshow.
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