Heathfield Show 2012 - a grand day out
It is getting to that time of year when the agricultural shows and carnivals come into full swing, and what a better way to celebrate the imminent arrival of the warmer months than the Heathfield Show?
The show was set up in 1947 to encourage and advance the knowledge of the countryside to others. And this year’s show will be as good as any at informing adults and children alike about the provenance of meat and the important part farming plays in delivering food to our tables.
As always there will be a beautiful array of farm animals on display including cattle with their calves, a ewe and a lamb, and a sow with her piglets. And there will also be a fantastic ‘hands-on’ corner where children can immerse themselves in the fun side of farming and they may even get the chance to milk a cow!
There will also be a fabulous competition to ‘name this cow’ and win a free membership to the Heathfield Show for 2013. Tottingworth Farm, where the show is located, will also have their farm shop set up in this area so visitors will be able to taste and purchase the products of the Farm.
It really is the premier one day agricultural show in the South East and the showing classes are sure to be tremendous with over 1,000 animals entered into the competition. With best of breed and section champion awards at stake, not to mention individual class competitions and awards, everything is coming together to make an exciting day. Even Her Majesty The Queen has entered a horse in one of the showing classes which is a true honour in this Diamond Jubilee year.
Every year the Heathfield Show hosts a Flower Show. A theme is set and this year’s theme - to reflect London hosting the Olympic Games - is “The Flower Games”. Competitors are asked to enter arrangements under various themes including ‘Opening Ceremony’ and ‘Sporting Hero’. There are classes for professionals and novices, men and women and also children. If you would like to be involved and receive details for the competition please contact Mrs Sue Browning on 01435 866724.
And, not only will there be over 1,000 animals on display in the show, and a plethora of marvellous flowers being flaunted, but there will also be a number of fabulous vintage tractors on display for all see.
The Heathfield Show takes place on Saturday 26th May 2012 and the showground is open from 8am to 5pm at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex.
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