Leicestershire County Show returns to Harborough as a two day event this August
The organisers of the Leicestershire County Show have announced that it will return as an expanded event held over two days during the late summer bank holiday weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August.
Last year’s launch of the County Show in Market Harborough attracted around 12,000 visitors to the 85-acre site located beside Airfield Business Park. The one day event proved so popular that the committee have decided to double the duration of the show to allow more visitors to attend. There will also be additional categories in the competitions.
“The feedback we got from last year’s event was mainly very positive,” says David Young
Leicestershire County Show director. “However, we did appreciate the problems with delays in entering the ground at peak times. We took the decision to stage the event over two days this year to reduce or eliminate this problem. We have also decided to change the method of parking which will greatly assist speedier access. The change will enable more people to attend as well as offering people more choice in when they attend over the bank holiday weekend.”
The 2017 show’s agricultural categories include equine, heavy horse and livestock as well as several impressive tasks from local young farmers groups.
There will also be an increase in the number of activities to entertain the crowds, including spectacular motocross freestyle stunt team, a classic car and tractor rally, tractor pulling plus a traditional fun fair which includes dodgems and a ferris wheel. In addition, there will be a wide range of trade shows and over 50 craft stands.
The Leicestershire Agricultural Society who organise the County Show was formed in 1833 by a group of Leicestershire farmers to promote improvements in agriculture. In the early days, Victoria Park in Leicester was used to host the event. In more recent years Melton Mowbray became the host town until Market Harborough took over in 2016 with its new custom-built site one mile outside the town centre.
Anyone interested in exhibiting or becoming a sponsor for the 2017 event will find details at www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk. They can also contact Ashling Toolan on 01858 439 086.