Yes, the wait is over!
This Sunday is a real red letter day for the lucky residents of Billingshurst and visitors from further afield – the hugely popular Billingshurst Show and Carnival Procession returns, and at the family fun event there will be more than five hours of entertainment with something for everyone, local businesses and the community coming together at The Recreation Ground in Billingshurst’s Lower Station Road – RH14 9SX. First held in 1987, the Show is jointly organised by Billingshurst & District Rotary Club and the Billingshurst Scout & Guide Group, raising much-needed charity funds. By tradition, the colourful carnival procession, complete with Princess and courtiers, has a special theme – this year: ‘Tell Me a Story’. Fittingly, local children’s author Philip Beicken opens the Show, at 1pm, after the carnival procession departs from the Jengers Mead car park at 12.15.
With announcements on the field confirming timings and events, the flexible programme begins with music from Kieran Blackmore from 11.30 at the Food Court, with, shortly afterwards, the spectacular Battle of Britain Lancaster fly past.
The procession is due to arrive at the showground at 12.45, with the winners of the floats announced at 12.55 in the arena. And, there will be a superb Red Arrows fly past shortly after 13.00, followed by a display by the multi award winning Horsham Bluebelles baton twirling team. Then, music from the Petworth Band will precede the dog show, with the artistic Taygan Paxton recreating her own original music, vocalising with acoustic guitar, between 14.00 and 15.00. Also at 14.00, the Knights of the Crusades will be in action, with a castle, podium, flaming torches and pyrotechnics. Horsham’s own musician, Liam Wakefield, will perform between dance displays by VMA and at the maypole, and, after the Knights have returned, with another of their plays – The Legend of King Arthur – the Scouts and Guides will display at 16,30, ahead of the raffle and winner presentations bringing the show to a close at 17.00. And, as if all that is not enough, there will be stalls aplenty featuring local crafts and community groups, and children’s story readings by Pauline Emsley, author of ‘Rag Doll Lost’ and ‘The Tear Dragon.’
The weather experts are predicting a fine day for Sunday, so come along with all of the family to enjoy one of the district’s very special days out. As soon as this year’s show is over, the organising committee will start putting together another great show for next year, make a diary note of the date: Sunday June 28th, 2020. Meanwhile, information and contact details regarding this year’s event are available at www.billingshurstshow.org.uk – 01403 786350 – 07785 313408 – firstname.lastname@example.org – and via Facebook