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Thousands of people expected at The Chetwynd Deer Park
Farmers from across the region will have a chance to show off their livestock and husbandry skills at the event which never fails to live up to its billing as ‘the very best summer’s day out’ with a non-stop programme of entertainment from gates opening at 8am. Once again the stars of the show will be the hundreds of animals including livestock, horses and dogs. New this year will be rare breed pigs, sheep shearing demonstrations and display of milking in bygone times.
Vintage tractors are always popular and this year the show goes a step further with a celebration of the Golden Age of Steam. Brightly-coloured steam engines dating from the early 19th century and used for a variety of agricultural and general purposes will fill the main ring.
The attraction is being brought to the show by this year’s President, Stuart Phillips of Walton Grange in Moreton. Dairy farmer Stuart said: "It will be the 103rd Newport Show to be staged by Newport and District Agricultural Society so after all those years we do know a thing or two about laying on an event that remains true to our farming roots and helps promotes related industries while being a great family day out for the non-farming community too.
With a bumper £13,000 in prize money up for grabs, the interest in exhibiting at this
premier one day events grows year on year.
The Inter Breed Beef Champion will carry off £350 in cash, thanks to sponsorship from Barbers Auctions while the Inter Breed Dairy Champion will get £400, courtesy of Robert Wiseman Dairies.
New this year is the Inter Breed Sheep Championship, with classes for group and breed champion, each carrying £50 prize money. Sheep classes include a competition for junior lamb handler (under 14) plus all the familiar breeds as well as the fun Zwartbles with their black coats and white faces, tail tips and socks.
Equine entries range from the spectacular Shires lining up for the Horse of the Year Championship Qualifier to Shetland Ponies and Mountain and Moorland Ponies.
Stuart added: "People always comment on the atmosphere at the show, and of course, the venue. The Chetwynd Deer Park couldn’t be a more fitting venue, not only in its natural amphitheatre lay-out but also a showcase for the beauty of rural Shropshire. As farmers we are custodians of the countryside and proud for it to be enjoyed by visitors from far and wide.”