Jump for joy! Countdown on to Moorgreen Show

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The ever-popular Moorgreen Country Show is widening its horizons for its 162nd start this year.

The layout of the 40-acre showground at Watnall has had to be re-designed to accommodate a greater-than-usual number of displays and activities for the 2011 show, to be held on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, August 28 and 29.

Show secretary Andrew Marshall said: “As always, the show will feature an exciting array of atteractions and entertainment — something for the whole family.”

Back by popular demand are Joseph Fosset’s amazing racing pigs while the J.C.Balls digger dance team will provide its incredible precision performance.

In the Wildlife Zoo display, visitors can get up close and personal with such creatures as snakes, lizards, meerkats, ducks, chickens and even hissing cockroaches.

The interactive educatiobnal display also includes rabbits and guinea pigs while, outside, there is a remarkable collection of birds of prey, which will also be flown in the main ring.

Back for a second time is the Polly Parrots Roadshow, in which colourful and charismatic birds — all rescued — stage three shows on each day. Another special feature will be a display by bloodhounds, which have an ability to follow scents for several days over very long distances.

There will also be an appearance by beautiful alpacas, a domesticated species of the South American animals which resemble llamas. In a less exotic vein, the show will offer its customary array of cattle, sheep, goats and shire horses in a prestigious livestock show on the Monday. The horticultural marquee is also well worth a visit.

Musical entertainment will come from ex-Paper Lace member Dave Grant, the Pharaoh’s Flames Egyptian dance trio and Catrina Lee with a tribute to divas of the 1960s. A special attraction will be a Chinese vegetable carving display.

As curtain-raisers, there will be a clay pigeon shoot, Victorian steam fair and hog roast on Saturday August 27.

n OUR PHOTO shows a showjumping event at the ever-popular show