Newport Show diary – July 2019

President Jo Ford looks back on a successful 110th Newport Show.

Well, that’s that for another year – but we’re still over the moon that around 14,000 of you joined us at Chetwynd Deer Park for our 110th show. What a wonderful show we had, and what an honour it was to welcome everyone to our beautiful park. I really hope you enjoyed the day and created some terrific memories to draw on in future years.

There are so many people who make Newport Show the success it is and my thanks go to everyone – stewards, volunteers, trustees, judges, sponsors and our hard-working office and ground staff – who put so much effort into making the day a real occasion for the thousands of visitors who come through the gates.

Nothing is left to chance, everything is planned down to the last detail and while there is always a possibility of the unexpected happening, even that is minimised as much as we can through a range of scenarios to cover what we hope is every eventuality.

I would also like to thank all the traders, exhibitors and performers for making it a fun, informative, educational and entertaining day to be proud of, and the huge crowds of visitors who chose to spend their day with us and play such a major role in making the show what it is.

From a personal perspective, there was so much to think about ahead of the show and on the day itself, that the day came and went in something of a blur, but I have to say it was a very enjoyable experience – I got to meet some extraordinary people and see some amazing exhibits and attractions.

The work never finishes, of course, we are already thinking about 2020 and how we can maintain – and go beyond – the high standards we set ourselves each year in providing the ultimate experience. It doesn’t get any easier as more and more events come to the fore and compete for the public’s support and patronage – but one thing’s for certain, we will be working hard to ensure Newport Show continues to provide a value-for-money, thoroughly entertaining day out.

We pride ourselves on the show having something to suit all tastes and ages and what a variation we had this year! Music once again played a major role with many people coming in later in the day to see our headline acts, all of which were well received.

It’s pleasing to see livestock, horse, dog, crafts and horticultural classes remaining so popular with our visitors, some of the more traditional sights associated with Newport Show. There was a good representation in the various classes and we were delighted to host qualifying events for both Crufts and the Horse of the Year Show. We even had camels!

The Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross display team put on a great show and the crowd was also captivated by the Mountain Bike Aerial Display (M.A.D.) Team – it’s incredible to see some of the things they can do.

Our cookery demonstrations have become a must-see part of the show and this year was no exception with top chefs passing on some valuable culinary tips. They played to an extremely appreciative audience.

We had a vast array of trade stands and marquees which showed off the best in a variety of fields. Agriculture plays a massive role locally and was well represented with the latest equipment on show.

I was particularly interested, as were thousands of others, in the Harper Adams Innovation Zone where robotics and artificial intelligence took centre stage as we heard about how these innovations will help the farming industry in future. An interesting experience, to say the least!

Once again, Newport Show proved to be a major success – now for next year!