Show Diary – May 2018

With less than two months to go until the big day, activity at show HQ is really starting to ramp up. This is the time when all those plans we’ve made during the winter months get put into action!

The livestock classes at Newport Show have a history of producing champions

For farmers, their thoughts will be turning to which animals they’re likely to exhibit at the show. With our pedigree as an agricultural event, Newport is one of the key shows on the circuit where they want to win as we do have a tradition of spotting champions.

Previous winners of the RNH Construction Interbreed Dairy Champion have scooped the ultimate title of its breed – the All Britain Holstein Mature Cow in 2016 – after winning at Newport and, in the same year, the winner of our Tern Veterinary Supreme Interbreed Beef Champion, won seven other titles across the country.

And it’s no different for horses. The Shire horse that won last year’s Horse of the Year qualifier at Newport went on to win the Championship at the Horse of the Year show. We’re expecting tough competition for the 75 classes we’re hosting.

And with three places up for grabs at Crufts, people would be barking mad not to enter our dog show – apologies for the awful joke!

As Show President, there are lots of decisions to be made at this time and a recent one has been the amalgamation of the antiques area and retail court to create a new Antiques and Country Living section.

This will focus all the retail offering in one place and make it easier for visitors to mooch and do some shopping. I’ll definitely be making some time for a visit on show day as I think my wife deserves a gift for her support during my Presidential year!

Tony Asson’s dog Beau inspects progress of the presidential potatoes

Something else that has been keeping me occupied is the Great Potato Challenge. I’m feeling the pressure to produce a great crop for the schools competition but I’m not sure whether the ever changeable British weather is going to help my cause. I guess we’ll find out during the live weigh in on show day but I don’t think the schools taking part need to worry too much!

* This year’s Newport Show takes place at the Chetwynd Deer Park on July 14. Advance tickets and membership packages offering discounts on the gate price are available here. To keep up to date with show news, like the Newport Show Facebook page or follow it on Twitter @NewportShow.