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Show has something for everyone
9:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in Romsey
Whether you want to try your hand at fly-fishing or look over the latest range of Renault trucks, Romsey Show has something to interest everyone, say organisers.
Thanks to the 50-plus acres of Broadlands parkland that form the showground, there is plenty of space for the hundreds of horses and cattle that enter the competition classes, as well as more than 500 trade stands offering everything from world cruises to advice on fencing sheep.
Then there are the main ring attractions, which this year include a Wild West Show by The Devil’s Horsemen, duck herding with The Quack Pack (who were recently featured on Countryfile) and equestrian sport from the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain.
“The sheer diversity of things to see and do at the show is simply breathtaking,” said show secretary, Annie Carder, adding: “There’s always something new just around the corner.”
Occupying one of the largest plots this year will be Romsey-based, Ace Liftaway, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a party for current and former employees and friends of the company.
As well as explaining how their work with portable toilets, skip hire and recycling has changed over the years, they will have a high-mobility engineer excavator on display. Developed by JCB for the US Army for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the vehicle was lent to the Metropolitan Police for use at last year’s London Olympics.
Also taking a sizeable stand at this year’s show will be Sparks, the commercial trucks dealership, based at Totton. They are previewing the new E6 range of vehicles launched by Renault Trucks in Lyons in June, following a 2bn euro investment programme.
The five vehicles, including a tractor unit weighing 44 tons, are so new that they are not yet on the road and Romsey Show will be the first time they have been seen in Britain.
Hoping to make a big impression will be BellaCrafts, from The Barn, at Fair Oak Garden Centre. Owner, Belinda Poore, is inviting children and adults to help make the largest collection of farmyard models ever seen at an agricultural show. The models will be judged in different age categories and the winners will receive vouchers for BellaCrafts.
New at Romsey Show this year are Nicky Morgan’s self-shearing Dorper sheep, from Andover. Originally a South African cross -breed, they arrived in the UK in 2004 and are now gaining a reputation as hardy, prolific milkers that shed their wool in spring and therefore require little maintenance.
With skin twice the thickness of most other breeds, they produce the leather for the world-renowned Cape gloves, as well as a uniquely- flavoured, succulent meat.
The countryside area offers hedge- laying, hurdle-making and chainsaw carving. Alternatively, have a go at spinning or fly-dressing and watch experts demonstrate different types of woven seating, pole-lathe techniques and gypsy peg-making.
Displaying the art of fly-casting and fishing is Jerry Wakeford, a registered instructor who runs his own fly-fishing school near Romsey. Hampshire Fire and Rescue will explain how to save large farm animals, as well as marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, while the Dog’s Trust is offering free microchipping.
The Romsey Show really is a great day out for everyone. It takes place next Saturday, September 14, at Broadlands Park, Romsey. Tickets are available on the day or in advance until September 11th at romseyshow.co.uk.
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