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Hadleigh Show to take visitors back to its agricultural roots

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Thousands of people are expected to visit the 175th Hadleigh Show this weekend.

The annual event at Holbecks Park gets under way on Saturday morning and promises a day packed full of farming fun.

This year, the emphasis of the show, which is one of the oldest one-day agricultural events in the country, is on modern-day farming.

There will be a huge array of farm machinery, as well as vintage tractors and The Flying Fergies display team.

“We will be taking show visitors back to our agricultural roots,” said show secretary Cathy Leney, of the Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association.

“We want to show people where their food comes from. We’re hoping the weather holds.”

During the day, there will also be a show featuring some dancing sheep, a tug-of-war and dogs rounding up ducks.

More than 150 animal classes will be taking place and around 120 different trade stalls exhibiting, with Suffolk Punch Horses leading the grand parade.

Mrs Leney said the event had something for everyone.

“There are some of the old favourites, like the land train and the sheep dancing, and the food hall will be absolutely chocker with lots of local producers,” she said.

“It is still a very traditional show and we have good livestock entries, which everyone likes to see.”

Last year, the show attracted a record 12,500 visitors and is hoping for a similar crowd.

“We are very proud of what we do and it is a real family show,” added Mrs Leney.

Gates open at 8am.

 

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