County Show Wows Crowds With Stunts, Jousting & Special RAF Falcons Display
The Leicestershire County Show returned over the bank holiday weekend with a jam-packed show despite heavy rain.
Gates to the annual celebration of rural and family life opened at 8:30am on Saturday (25th) and attendees were kept entertained over the two-day show by a wide range of attractions, a traditional fun fair and hundreds of craft stands.
The headline listing for this year’s show was the special centenary RAF Falcons parachute display. Large crowds formed at midday to witness cascades of colour flowing from the descending parachutists.
The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team is performing at select locations throughout 2018 to mark the RAF’s 100 year anniversary, and Leicestershire County Show were thrilled to have the team perform: “The parachute display team are in high demand this year and we were delighted to see them put on a spectacular display for our crowds,” explains David Young, Leicestershire County Show Director.
Flight Lieutenant David Sellers, Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team said: “It was great to be able to perform our display at the Leicestershire County Show. The crowd were fantastic and gave us such a warm welcome as we landed in the arena. This year has been very important one for us and the Royal Air Force, so we feel privileged to have taken part in so many events to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.”
Held at the Airfield Business Park in Market Harborough, the show created a main arena schedule that combined traditional agriculture with family fun. Show listings included a world record quad bike stunt artist, jousting from Knights of Nottingham, classic car and tractor rally, a Mounted Games tournament involving relays and obstacle runs on ponies, a kicking competition with Leicester Tigers and more.
“Livestock and agriculture remain at the heart of the County Show but we’re proud to also host a range of family attractions and entertainment too. To see so many people come to experience and support our magnificent agriculture and history is fantastic.
“In true British fashion, the show went on despite the heavy rain on Sunday. It was a shame that the weather wasn’t better but main arena events continued as scheduled and we were still able to throw an enjoyable show,” adds David
The Leicestershire County Show was formed by a group of Leicestershire farmers in 1833 to promote improvements in agriculture, share farming techniques and exhibit new equipment. Today, thecompetitions, shows and entertainment mean the event combines its traditional roots with modern family fun.
The County Show will return to Leicestershire over the August bank holiday in 2019. Organisers are already putting plans in place to create an even bigger show.
Pictures and information about the event can be found at www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk.