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Back to the future for big show’s 50th birthday

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Farmers will look back to the future when the biggest show in Sussex celebrates its 50th anniversary in the summer.

The National Farmers Union will be exploring how farming has changed over the last 50 years as well as what the future holds at the South of England show at Ardingly.

In the main ring visitors will be treated to a special display of farm machinery led by Society mascot ‘Bill the Tractor’, which was  the first tractor purchased 50 years ago and still in use today on the showground.

There will be new entertainment in the main ring this year with The Devil’s Horsemen, Britain’s top equestrian stunt and trick team who will be performing breath-taking displays to music, dressed as Cossacks.  Traditional precision marching and musical arrangements from the City of Coventry Corps of Drums will impress audiences and other highlights include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, hound parades, and the famous livestock display with hundreds of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

The show will be held on June 8, 9 and 10 June 2017, at the South of England Showground, just outside the village of Ardingly.

Organisers the South of England Agricultural Society will throw the spotlight on the charity’s achievements over the past 50 years since it was established in 1967, with displays of the best of British agriculture, equestrianism, countryside learning, horticulture and forestry, as well as great music, delicious food and drink and shopping.  Over the years the show has attracted several Royal visits.

The Society will be showcasing its charitable work and continued support for the next generation with hundreds of students from schools and colleges from across the region involved in competitions, exhibits and demonstrations including the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition.  A  wild flower meadow has also been planted to mark the 50th anniversary and a permanent record of the Society’s achievements will be unveiled in the Norfolk Pavilion.

Family and friends can take full advantage of the ticket prices again this year with under 16s going free, accompanied by a paying adult £21; senior citizens and students over 16 pay £19.  There is also free parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground.  For advance ticket discounts visit www.seas.org.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthOfEnglandShowgroun Twitter: https://twitter.com/SofEShowground

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