Newport Show Diary – February 2019

Jo Ford looks forward to this year’s show

The president of Shropshire’s premier one-day show has revealed what he is looking forward to the most.

Jo Ford, who took over the honorary role at Newport Show in September, said he is delighted to have overseen the planning for the event on July 13.

“This year’s show is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

“With 2019 being the 110th anniversary of the show, the organising team are making huge strides to mark the occasion and create a real buzz around it.

“I have seen so much work go into it already – plans are well underway.

“The main ring attraction for this year has been revealed as the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team. I have been watching some videos of their stunts and they really are breathtaking.

“I am sure the people of Newport and beyond will be on the edge of their seats – I can hear the gasps and squeels from mums, dads and children alike already as these bikes fly 70foot into the air and the riders let go – we’re really pleased to have them here.

“It’s the first visit to Newport for Joseph’s Amazing Camels who offer something else for those who like a calmer attraction – although having said that I think the camel racing could get hearts pumping too.

“Chetwynd Deer Park is looking great this year, we’ve seen some beautiful sights in the cold winter mornings here but it’s already very easy to imagine the place bathed in sunlight and full of families eager to see all the attractions and take part in the competitions.

“Although the show remains true to its traditional agricultural roots with 140 cattle and sheep classes, it also offers numerous non-agricultural events and displays.

“We’ll have the cream of the crop as the canine/dog show is a qualifier for Crufts and the Shire horse class is a qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show – huge occasions for those involved and we look forward to cheering them on.

“Once again there will be a Festival of Food with demonstrations, masterclasses and the best of regional food and drink, along with family entertainment, vintage vehicle and machinery displays, an educational hub, an antique and country living marquee, handicraft and horticulture competitions and fairground rides.

“One of the things I look forward to each year is the live music from local bands we have in the early evening. The festival feel is unique to our show and we’re hoping plenty of local residents will wander over for an evening ticket (just £5 for adults and £3 for children aged over five) and enjoy the live entertainment from local bands. It means there is no need to miss out on the joy of Newport Show – if you’re busy during the day, you can still come along and experience it.

“But one way to ensure you don’t miss out at all is to put that date in your diary now – July 13 is shaping up to be a fabulous, affordable, day out with a packed programme of activities to enjoy.”

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