Moorgreen Show ready to step in after rain-ravaged summer of events

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HEAVY rainfall for much of this summer may prove a blessing in disguise for the organisers of this year’s Moorgreen Country Show.

The new show secretary, Alison Pilling, said: “So many organisations have had events rained off that they want to take part in our show.”

The Dispatch district’s top summer attraction, the show will be held at Front Park, Watnall, on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, August 26 and 27.

Alison has taken over as secretary from long-serving Andrew Marshall and said she was relishing the challenge, although her predecessor was a ‘hard act to follow’.

She said there would be a few changes this year, including some alterations to the layout of the showground.

“There will be a big emphasis on older farm vehicles and we will have a display of steam threshing drums,” said Alison. “The heavy horse section will again be a prominent feature.”

One innovation at the 2012 show will be an exhibition by the East Midlands Rat Club. “Admittedly, rats are not everybody’s cup of tea but they are very popular with children,” Alison pointed out.

Parrots and birds of prey will be to the fore, while the ever-popular Dancing Diggers team will again be presenting their remarkable display of formation manoeuvres.

The National Gladioli Society regularly has its annual show at Moorgreen and this year will be no exception.

OUR PHOTO shows Melvin Osbourne steering Alison in the general ploughing contest