2018 Show saw good weather and thousands of people flock to see farming, food and have fun!
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society is extremely pleased with the increased number of visitors to the Royal County of Berkshire Show this year, and the variety of events and activities that were on offer for all the family to enjoy.
The 2-day, action-packed, countryside adventure saw a spectacular Farming and Machinery Pageant in the Main Arena, celebrating 100 years of British Farming by taking visitors on a journey through the decades since the end of World War One, displaying a magnificent showcase of farming equipment and machinery. From ploughs, seed drills and hay making equipment, to the latest technology such as precision seeding, GPS crop application and yield mapping which assist getting the nutrients in the right place during the following years’ crop.
The collection of machinery and equipment used in the Main Arena event were also on display in the Show’s popular Vintage Area, a place where enthusiasts or simply kids wanting to get up close to these immaculate pieces of history.
Elsewhere during the Show, we welcomed dogs for the first time in a number of years, and it was great to see so many enjoying themselves with their families. The new Dog Zone proved popular, with over 80 dogs taking part in one of the competitions at one stage. Tradestands selling everything from dog accessories to food and veterinary services were happy and looking forward to returning next year.
We saw over 2,000 livestock entries make an appearance at the Show that competed in a number of classes throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, the Champion of Champions were awarded their trophies and rosettes during the Grand Parade of Livestock. The Supreme Beef Pairs Champion was AE & CR Bishop from Wokingham. Supreme Dairy Champion went to Mr Alan Gregory from Corsham and Supreme Young Handler went to Temple Farm from Bridgwater.
Champion Goat of the Show went to Mrs E Kingstone from Marlborough, and Oldlands in Faringdon won Champion of Champions in the Pig Section. And finally, Supreme Champion in the Sheep Section went to Mr Richard Adrian from Newquay.
Patricia Marks, Chief Executive commented, “2018 for the Royal County of Berkshire Show is the year of change – new layout, new team, new attractions and dogs allowed for the first time in a number of years. The feedback so far is very positive and I am delighted that the Show was so successful. The hard work paid off and we’re now looking forward to 2019!”
Overall, the Show proved to be a great day out for all the family, offering a wide variety of shows and events as well as an increased number of have-a-go activities for everyone to enjoy. There were new additions such as the Wedding Showcase and the Enterprise Initiative, but also some of the old favourites enjoyed a remake, such as the Flower Tent which saw a new home and the introduction of domestic classes, and the hugely popular Food Fayre moved location but still proved just as busy and bursting with delectable treats.
The Royal County of Berkshire Show saw an increase in online pre-sale tickets and a huge rise in social media engagement, receiving over 10k likes and the same in followers on Facebook. Twitter saw a rise in followers and this year the Show continued to gather pace on Instagram.
SAVE THE DATE!
The dates for 2019 Royal County of Berkshire Show will be Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.