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The show goes on

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2016

An old photo of the show

An old photo of the show

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After decades of absence the Yeovil Show is returning to town in 2016

What better way to celebrate Yeovil’s rural roots than with a family-friendly agricultural show with all the trimmings? Well, that’s just what the town is going to get in 2016.

With a heritage that dates back over 150 years The Yeovil Show, put on by the Yeovil Agricultural Society, used to take place on the first Thursday in September at the town’s Showground in Barwick.

It was a highlight of the year for many residents and billed as ‘the biggest one day agricultural show in the country’! Indeed school children were even given a day off to celebrate this special occasion recalls local resident and artist, Jill Preston, who both entered and won two annual competitions to design a poster for the show in the 1960s.

Over the weekend of 16 and 17 July the Showground will open its gates once again, offering the local community the opportunity to mingle with more than 2,000 animals, indulge in mouthwatering local produce, sup cider on tap and marvel at the myriad of attractions and displays in the main ring. w

Must-see events

The Bolddog Lings, a thrilling motorcycle display team, will be topping the bill in the main ring, performing heart-stopping daredevil stunts that will keep you on the edge of your seats

Watch hawks wheeling over the showground skies as Mere Down Falconry performs a breath-taking display of soaring, swooping, precision and dexterity.

Ston Easton Hotel Demonstration Kitchen – live cookery demos from local chefs using local and seasonal ingredients plus two Food Halls featuring more than 60 food producers.

Love shopping? The Yeovil Show will have a cornucopia of stands and stalls – up to 300 in fact, selling everything from tractors to country clothing to cupcakes.

Scurry Racing – a fast and furious sport which involves driving ponies through a course of cones – thrilling to watch but even more fun to take part in!

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