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Sussex Country Show celebrates silver jubilee

This year’s Sussex Country Show, which is being held in the beautiful grounds of Parham Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, is celebrating its silver jubilee.

As the county’s largest countryside-themed outdoor event, Sussex Country Show is on track to welcome more than 32,000 visitors again this year. The show boasts a comprehensive itinerary for readers of The District Post including the all-new Clay Shooting Festival, Fieldsports Arena, a fun pigeon plucking content for children, nail-biting Chudleys Gundog Championship and have-a-go airgun ranges.

Family fun

Plus there’s something for all dog lovers – everything from fun have-a-go events for the family pooch to competitive working dog tests for trained gundogs. The schedule also includes a novelty pet dog show, terrier racing, simulated coursing as well as gundog demonstrations, scurries and a clinic in the arena.

There’s also a comprehensive have-a-go itinerary for the whole family including gundog handling, clay shooting, survival camp, field archery, falconry and ferreting. The jam-packed show also offers more than 200 exhibition stands, picnic areas, a crammed Main Arena schedule, children’s entertainment, food festival, Spitfire aerobatic display, craft and antiques fairs and live folk music.

British & UK National Stickmaking Competition

The 22nd annual British & UK National Stickmaking Competition is set to visit  Sussex Country Show. Run by The British Stickmaker’s Guild, the hotly contested competition attracts all manner of sticks, from traditional thumb sticks to intricately carved handle sticks. Held at 42 shows around the country, including all seven Countryman Fairs shows, each competition can attract up to 200 entries. There are 14 main classes for the more experienced stickmaker, and a further four novice classes for newbies. Entry is just 50p per stick, and medals and points are awarded for first, second and third prize. The national champion is determined by the stickmaker with the most points and announced at the British Stickmaker’s Guild AGM in October.

Spitfire aerobatic display

There will be two spectacular aerobatic Spitfire demonstrations on each day. Subject to cloud cover, the 7-minute display will see a 1944 mark 9 Spitfire perform numerous daredevil manoeuvres including victory rolls, barrel rolls, half Cubans, wingovers, derry wingovers and numerous fly passes close to the crowd. Plus there’s a chance to win a 30-minute flight in a Spitfire TR9 over the English Channel. The once-in-a-lifetime prize, which is worth £2,750, will be drawn in September at the Midland Game Fair in Shropshire. Check the Sussex Country Show website for details on how to enter!

Run by award-winning event organiser Countryman Fairs, the much-loved two-day event is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. CEO Ian Harford commented: “Every summer British families are spoilt for choice when it comes to keeping the kids entertained – there are hundreds of country shows on offer each weekend. However, the quality of Sussex Country Show’s attractions and itinerary speaks for itself – the event has stood the test of time and goes from strength to strength each year as more and more people visit.”

Advance tickets are available from just £12 per day. Tickets bought on the day cost £15 each. Remember – accompanied children aged 15 and under can enter the show free of charge! For more information on the show visit: www.sussexcountryshow.co.uk.

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