35,000 expected at Essex Country Show at Barleylands in Billericay

IT’s full steam ahead for the 26th annual Essex Country Show, with 35,000 people set to visit Barleylands this weekend.

The celebration of farming history and rural crafts will make a welcome return to the Billericay attraction over Saturday and Sunday.

Organisers of the event, which will be spread over 197 acres, are ensuring families can enjoy a bumper crop of fun, with everything from “vintage combine harvesters” to blacksmith, farrier and clog-making demonstrations.

Visitors wanting a bit more action can also watch “monster trucks” in the main arena, as well as steam engine and vintage car exhibitions. There will also be a funfair.

Shaun Young, who has spent a year organising the event for Barleylands, said: “It’s not all about watching, there will be opportunities to drive a steam engine, plus helicopter rides so you can view the show and Essex countryside from the air.

“Animal lovers will appreciate the chance to watch sheep-shearing and find out more about farming life and the care of farm animals.

“Every year we try to offer something exciting and this year’s no exception.

“It sees the return of the Monster Truck team, plus a display by the Imperial Birds of Prey Academy, which will see some superb birds flying high above the showground.

“The show is now in this 26th year and has gone from strength to strength, yet it’s retained a tradition to award £6,000 to six local charities each year.”

Crowds can enjoy the sounds of the Royal British Legion Marching Band and Corps of Drums, as they wander around. The show will also be featuring lurcher racing, for the first time ever, this year.

Shoppers will be well catered for, with 200 trade stands and three marquees full of craftsmen and women showing off their skills.

Entry prices are £12 for adults, £5 for children and £8 for senior citizens.

A family ticket, for two adults and two children, costs £29.

For information call 01268 290228, or visit essexcountryshow.co.uk

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9:57am Thu 6 Sep 12

Rich~Carol says...

Should be great weather.
Should be great weather. Rich~Carol

10:12am Thu 6 Sep 12

PJR-121 says...

You mean the Echo has publicised an event a few days before it happens, rather than on the day itself (and then claiming it to be the following day at that...)

Now there's a headline story...!
You mean the Echo has publicised an event a few days before it happens, rather than on the day itself (and then claiming it to be the following day at that...) Now there's a headline story...! PJR-121

1:24pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Baker-Boy says...

MR PJR there is no need for that at all related comment please.

i shall not be attending this year although will be hoping to attend in the coming years again. it a very nice day out
MR PJR there is no need for that at all related comment please. i shall not be attending this year although will be hoping to attend in the coming years again. it a very nice day out Baker-Boy

4:24pm Thu 6 Sep 12

PJR-121 says...

Ah baker, welcome back

You obviously missed the stories on here for the Southend Carnival, and the festival in Chalkwell park, both of which were published on the morning of the events.

The Southend Carnival was published at 6am on the Saturday morning, and the entire report stated 'tommorow's carnival'... It was a bit of a surprise to read about the event later in the day when we planned to go on the back of that story

it was more of a surprise when I raised it on the comments, that the Echo changed the story - on the Monday after it had happened...!

There's also another event this weekend, a popular one, that the Echo hasn't mentioned yet. I wait and see if they will...
Ah baker, welcome back You obviously missed the stories on here for the Southend Carnival, and the festival in Chalkwell park, both of which were published on the morning of the events. The Southend Carnival was published at 6am on the Saturday morning, and the entire report stated 'tommorow's carnival'... It was a bit of a surprise to read about the event later in the day when we planned to go on the back of that story it was more of a surprise when I raised it on the comments, that the Echo changed the story - on the Monday after it had happened...! There's also another event this weekend, a popular one, that the Echo hasn't mentioned yet. I wait and see if they will... PJR-121

1:15pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Baker-Boy says...

i would suggest continue with that progress in speaking to the Echo about such event not comment here. Anyway will you or any one else here be attending this event
i would suggest continue with that progress in speaking to the Echo about such event not comment here. Anyway will you or any one else here be attending this event Baker-Boy

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