Moorgreen Country Show prepares for bumper bank holiday weekend

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THE Dispatch district’s top summer event, Moorgreen Country Show, is set to attract bumper Bank Holiday crowds on Sunday and Monday.

The show is a historic annual event, held at the Watnall showground, and this year it will involve 3,000 participants, activities and trades.

It may not be realised that the ever-popular show is a registered charity, formed by the Greasley, Selston and Eastwood Agricultural Society.

This year there will be a ‘Dr Who’ link, with the Dalek Sec meeting and greeting visitors. The J.C.Balls digger dance team will be at the show again with their incredibly precise performances.

Also back by popular demand are the racing pigs, which are a hilarious must-see for young and old alike, while chainsaw artist Mark Butler will be demonstrating his skills.

An old-style threshing machine, which was used to separate grain from stalks and husks, will be on view. Other features will include vintage tractors, a mobile mini-zoo with more than 100 animals, livestock and poultry sections plus steam and vintage vehicle displays.

The horticultural marquee will be sure to look a picture, along with floral art displays, home baking, children’s crafts, vegetable carving, basket making and weaving.

More than 200 riders will converge on the equestrian area for horse and pony events, with gentle and majestic heavy horses back for a ploughing match.

The showground opens at 9 am each day and there is free parking.