Animals are the backbone of our agricultural industry, which the Shropshire County Show was set up to promote and celebrate, so it’s only right they play a big part in the event itself.
Judging across various categories takes place throughout the morning on Saturday, May 26th, including the horse classes which run from 8am to 11am and feature the finest horses in the county.
From farm yard regulars to rare breeds, visitors will have the chance to see all sorts of animals - which is something young and old alike always enjoy.
There are also various events in the main arena from birds of prey displays (11am and 1.15pm), the Parade of Hounds (11.30am), and the Grand Parade at 3.30pm which features the livestock and horse champions from earlier in the day.
There are all sorts of attractions now each year at the show, with everything from Monster Trucks to Mounted Games and a fun-packed Kids Zone keeping visitors entertained.
But the focus on animals remains in the spirit of the original shows in the late nineteenth century.
Initially launched by the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society, the show at the Greenhous West Mid Showground now appeals to families right across the county and beyond as well as the initial farmers it was set up for.
Of course, there have been many changes in the industry since the early days - with techniques, machinery and technology all changing in ways the farmers of the 1800s could never have comprehend.
The popular games van will be back and the Shropshire Young Farmers have a tent of activities too.
But the goal of highlight and promoting the role the industry plays in the Shropshire economy has remained - and so has the visitors’ love of seeing the huge range of animals up close.
Tickets to the show are available on the day, but can also be purchased in advance here
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