A special president’s award will be presented to the best painting or drawing of the 70th anniversary show.

And show organisers hope to find at least half a dozen artists willing to produce a saleable work on the day – for sale at the showground on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Kevin Lines, general manager of Keys Auctions, has invited several artists to come to the show to take part in the new competition. “I’d love to hear from anyone else who would be interested and prepared to produce a saleable work on the day,” he added.

Show president Simon Evans, of Irelands Arnolds Keys, and fellow judges will look at the entries and will make a special award. And the entries will be offered for sale at the show the same afternoon.

Mr Lines said that several artists have welcomed the challenge to produce something from this year’s 70th anniversary show.

Artists should contact Mr Lines, of Keys Auctions, on 01263 733195, for details. While invitations to artists will be limited for this year’s show, it should make an interesting display of paintings or drawings.

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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