Thame Show returns to its traditional late September date this year due to popular demand. And after the absence of some attractions in recent years there will also be a return of the main ring attraction, the public bar, and a free shuttle bus to transport visitors from Thame town centre to the showground.
All children under the age of 16 can get in for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult; and if tickets are bought in advance a family of four can get in for just £24, writes Heather Jan Brunt.
Attractions to look forward to include cattle and sheep classes, an equestrian show, a small assault course and big rifle display by the army, a fun dog show that can be entered on the day, a food theatre with demonstrations, the Towersey Morris dancers, Thame Concert Band, vintage vehicles and a showcase stage for local schools to show off their dancing and singing abilities.
Visitors will also enjoy the countrsyide area where there will be donkeys, gundogs a whip cracker display and the national sheep race.
The main ring attraction will see a return of the Kangaroo Kid who recently wowed the crowds at Bucks County Show. But his thrilling exploits are well worth a second viewing. And of course the exciting scurry racing is always a big draw with the crowds.
The traditional show has suffered from several date changes over recent years, which has caused confusion and a loss of support from the public.
In 2010 the show, which had previously always been held on the third Thursday in September, was moved to the last weekend in July. In 2012 there was no show at all as the July date clashed with the Olympics, and last year it moved again to the middle of July.
Now, following a public consultation the show, always considered to be primarily an agricultural and produce show which took place to coincide with the farming calendar, is once more in its traditional September spot, which this year falls on Thursday September 18 from 8.30am-6pm.
Show director Chris Parker said: “The date has been changed twice in the last four years and once you start moving dates around nobody knows where you are. I am very pleased we have moved back to the traditional date and we have got 40% more interest and bookings from trade stands than last year, which is good for the visiting public.
“The farmers prefer September too because it’s their end of year bash. In July they are in the middle of harvest.”
Full details of all attractions, ticket prices and outlets can be found on www.thameshow.co.uk