Good things come to those who wait and for many residents the return of Banbury and District Show couldn’t be more welcome.
Last year’s event was cancelled over health and safety concerns when weeks of heavy rain risked turning the show ground into a muddy quagmire. But this year is a return to form with organisers promising a day packed with entertainment that will excite and delight the whole family.
The free-to-enter show, organised by Banbury Town Council, takes place on Sunday June 14 from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the Spiceball Park. There will be two arenas hosting spectacular displays including the Joseph Peace Fire Show, acrobats on galloping horses, martial arts demonstrations and line dancing.
New to the show will be a wrestling marquee in which grapplers of various weights will do battle.
Fans will be able to watch bouts, collect autographs, take photographs, and find out if they have what it takes to step into the ring.
Another first will be pig racing. Throughout the day, six rare breed porkers will race down a hurdles course as the crowds cheer on their favourites.
Animal lovers will also be well catered for. A novelty dog show, run in association with the Up ‘n’ Over Dog Training Club, will invite entries for categories including the most handsome dog, prettiest bitch, best veteran, waggiest tail, most appealing eyes. Owners can enter their pets from 10am – 2pm when judging commences. Entrance fee is £2 per class and profits go to the Ardley Rescue Kennels.
A health, fitness and well-being marquee will provide encouragement for the slightly out-of-condition visitor, and a beer tent and other refreshment stalls will be open for those who want to treat themselves to a tipple or enjoy a quick snack.
Radio Horton will be on hand to continue their ever-popular ‘dance with the DJ’ audience participation spot while Heart FM will be on top form with music, deckchairs, and plenty of competitions.
Cllr Colin Clarke, chairman of the town council’s general services committee, said: “This year’s show has all the ingredients of a wonderful day out for the people of Banbury and the surrounding area.
“I want to thank the Rotary Club of Banbury, the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell, and the Banbury Cross Round Table for their support and help on the day.”