A nail-biting 48 hours has begun at this weekend’s English Winter Fair,
Stafford Showground (Nov 21-22), as months of pampering and prepping
come to a head.
The 2008 supreme champion from Colin and Wendy Phillips of Sarnesfield, Herefordshire.
Despite hours or hair brushing, nail polishing, buffing and lessons in deportment just one finalist with take the event’s Supreme Championship title and walk out to rapturous applause amid their peers in Staffs County Showground’s Bingley Hall Arena.
And all this for farm livestock. Exhibitors from across England and Wales are descending on the showground in a bid to take the top title at one of the season’s key winter prime-stock shows for cattle, sheep, pigs and season poultry.
There will be more preening and pampering than goes on behind the scenes at ‘I’m A Celebrity; Get Me Out of Here!’. But with almost 1000 showmen and women plus 170 Young Farmers entering competitions it will be a weekend of action for lovers of livestock at the English Winter Fair.
Gates open to the public from 9.30am both days and show-goers can expect to see farm livestock shown to exceptionally high standard both in the live ring events and also the on-site, purpose built Carcass Hall.
And if its meat that matters most to you then Sunday provides and extra event to set taste buds tingling.
Butchers, bakers, chefs and caterers will be putting forward products made from British Meat for an independent panel of judges to find champions. Classes include hot/cold cutting pies, plump pork pies, home-cured bacon and gammon alongside everyone’s favourite – the British banger.
And if its action you’re after on Sunday afternoon all prize-winners from the livestock and Carcass Hall classes are auctioned off – a traditional sale run by local auctioneers Bagshaws of Uttoxeter that sees hoards of buyers clambering from champions to serve to customers through shops and restaurants.
Whether you are a meat lover or just love looking at livestock Staffs County Showground’s the place to be this weekend. Entry for adults is £7 with accompanied under 16s, YFC membership card holders and car parking all free of charge.
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