Flying the flag for Lincolnshire at 128th county show
Ten of thousands of visitors are set to pass through the doors at the Lincolnshire Show.
The event, to be held tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20) and Thursday, could well smash last year's record of 68,000 visitors.
And visitors are set to be joined by more than 600 businesses and organisations over the two days.
This year will be the 128th year of the show, with organisers promising to build on the previous successes to offer the best show yet.
Jayne Southall, the director of organising body Lincolnshire Events, will head the organising team for the first time, and is promising a show to remember.
"I believe that the show is still Lincolnshire's best-kept secret," she said.
"It is a great, fun family day out and has something to offer everyone, from buying a plant or piece of local cheese to a hot tub or a new car.
"We have cooking demonstrations, vintage vehicle displays, floral decoration and flower shows, the Scruffts dog competition, main ring entertainment from the Knights of the Damned jousting, craft tents and demonstrations, plenty of retail therapy, live music and much, much more."
The Scruffts dog competition and the Knights of the Damned jousting will return to the show having proved a real hit in their first appearance last year.
But there will be plenty of other things going on across the 200 acre showground site at Grange De Lings, two miles north of Lincoln.
A small evening concert has been organised for the members' area on the Wednesday.
The demonstration kitchen at this year's show will feature Winteringham Fields proprietor and Great British Menu star Colin McGurran, as well as Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green.
Highlights from the Duckworth Isuzu Countryside ring will include chainsaw sculpting, pig racing and Nobby the Norfolk horn and his dancing friends
Musical and comical entertainment will be provided by a number of local acts on the Lincs FM stage.
North Lincolnshire is also set to be well represented at this year's show.
Exhibitors include old fashioned sweet store Irvin Sweets, Scunthorpe-based Mr Huda with his restaurant-style curry pastes, Holme's Pink Pig Farm and children's entertainment equipment firm Leisurematic 1000.
Another new addition to this year's show will be the Trading in New Markets policy.
The scheme, a joint initiative between Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, UK Trade & Investment, Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, aims to promote Lincolnshire businesses and show what international opportunities are available for these businesses to trade overseas.
Despite these new additions, the show still aims to stick to the things that have brought it so much success over the years.
"Agriculture remains at the heart of the Lincolnshire Show, with livestock and equine competitions, machinery displays, cookery demonstrations, floral decorations and the flower show," said Ms Southall.
"This year we are organising the catering concessions for the show ourselves rather than contracting this out. The reason for this is to ensure local companies are given the opportunity to attend the show and also to encourage other companies to use and promote local produce."
The director said organising an event of this scale required 12 months of hard work from everyone involved in the show.
"We are immensely proud of the show and the fact that it is the 128th show this year," she said.
"We have over 200 volunteers who are stewards who have a passion for the show and are committed to it, and without their continued support we would not be able to deliver such a spectacular annual event."
Ticket prices for this year's event have been held at the 2011 prices.
Adult tickets are £20, or £18 if bought in advance.
A young person's ticket, for those aged between 17 and 22, is priced at £15, but these are only available if bought in advance.
Entry for those between five and 16 is £6, or £5.50 if bought in advance.
A family ticket, for two adults and two children, is available for £45 on entry, or £40 in advance.
To book tickets, call 0845 230 5171 or follow the link on www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk
The dates for the 2013 Lincolnshire Show will be Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20.