Full range of livestock classes – apply now!

Livestock exhibitors have been urged to apply as quickly as possible to help show organisers.

The country’s biggest one-day agricultural show on August Bank Holiday Monday is staging a full range of livestock classes – for cattle, sheep and horses.

Schedules are on online – hit the “show competitions” button to view the livestock menus.

Livestock competitors are also urged to submit entries for the show in advance of the application deadline of Friday, August 12.

Late entries may be accepted but cost an additional £12 for cattle and £3 for sheep and horse entries. There are numerous show jumping classes too.

As the show is particularly keen to encourage young entrants, there are many classes in the cattle and sheep sections for young handlers too.

South Norfolk pedigree breeder Helen Reeve, who runs a 50-strong herd of Dexters, has been invited to judge the dairy classes. And the beef judges include Mayhew Clarke, of Hevingham, who will place the commercial cattle.

The show on Monday, August 29 also marks the 70th anniversary of the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association.

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017
Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.
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