The Staffordshire County Show will be held on our traditional dates of Wednesday 1st June and Thursday 2nd June. This year’s Show will be held during Jubilee Week. In order to mark this special event and to honour those organisations that supported the County during the Pandemic there will be a parade of 500 individual in the Main Ring in the style of the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Wednesday afternoon representing over 100 organisation ranging from the hospitals to the postal workers.
The Show offers something for visitors of all ages. Youngsters will enjoy riding on the narrow-gauge steam railway or traditional attractions such as Punch & Judy and donkey rides. Teenagers and adults will be thrilled by the Monster Trucks – Big Pete and the Grim Reaper, when they leap into the air and land on a row of cars. Whilst the next generation of farmers will be inspired by the first-class entries in livestock competitions across the Showground that are at the heart of this traditional agricultural show.
The Show at the County Showground on Weston Road, some four miles from Stafford, is one of the area’s major events of the summer and is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors. During the school half-term holidays the County Show offers a full day out for all the family. A packed Main Ring programme includes a range of attractions that includes, in addition to the Monster Trucks, the Young Farmer’s Floats which this year has a theme of West End Musicals, show jumping, the Grand Parade of Livestock and the Parade of Hounds. In the Country Pursuits Arena visitors can watch the birds of prey display, the ferret roadshow, have a go at fly casting or sit back and learn all about pigs with the Hogg Show. Around the Showground there will be demonstrations of traditional rural crafts such as thatching, coracle making and drystone walling as well as view a display of vintage cars and agricultural machinery. However, at the heart of the Show is livestock with over a thousand cattle, sheep, pigs and goats and over fifteen hundred horses and ponies.
There are a number of competitions and shows within the Show including the Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Competitions, the Farriery Competition where blacksmiths compete to make the perfect horseshoe before using it to shoe a horse, the Fur and Feather Show with a vast array of poultry, waterfowl, cavies (hamsters and guinea pigs) and rabbits as well as the Bee & Honey Show with its working hive. In addition the dog show will attract around 2000 dogs representing every breed of dog in the UK so if you thinking of buying a dog this is an ideal opportunity to compare the various breeds and talk to their owners. Children of all ages are especially well catered for with a children’s farm, fairground rides and the opportunity to have their picture taken with the giant tortoises. Shopaholics will be able to browse over four hundred trade stands selling everything from cars to hot tubs. In addition there is a food hall with a further fifty stands selling a range of mouth-watering local produce for immediate consumption or fresh and packaged items to take home.
When it’s time to take a break what better way to relax than having a picnic next to the bandstand listening to the brass band or the jazz band. However, for something more tranquil there is a twenty-acre wood – ideal for a walk in the shade or a quiet picnic.
Once again we are delighted that Rea Valley Tractors and Dunstall Holdings will be the event’s main sponsor.
Advance tickets, which offer a substantial saving on the gate price, go on sale from 1st April 2022 to print at home or download to your phone. Further details about the Show and details of how to purchase advance tickets are available on the website at www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk or follow us on Facebook@staffscountyshow.