As every year passes, the Alresford Agricultural Show becomes more important. It’s a farming show, after all, and we farmers want more than ever to welcome you to Tichborne Park on the 2nd of September.
We’ll be there, if harvest has finished, having a cheerful and hearty moan about the weather, or crop prices, or politicians (or all three in the same sentence) while ogling the huge new bits of machinery lining the walkways. But we want you to sample a bit of our world – a world of sanity in a mad universe; a world where shouting and arguing achieve nothing.
Livestock rearing will be well represented, from the traditional to the more exotic, from the smallest bee to the biggest bullock. But try having a row with a pig. It’ll just look you in the eye!
The arable farming world will be reviewing its year, checking out the tractors and combines, and judging the best barley and wheat. But try having a Twitter spat with a bucket of field beans. You’ll be wasting your time.
The rural crafts will be there, spinning and glassblowing and a whole woodcraft section. And the thing about these crafts is this: if you make a mess of your work four-fifths of the way through, there ain’t no-one to blame but you – so there’s no point shouting about it.
The world of horticulture will be there in force, showing the very finest selection of blossoms and flowers, soothing the spirit as only an English country garden can. There’s no point getting cross with a chrysanthemum.
If peaceful contemplation of food and drink appeals, tents full of delicious local produce will be just right. We can’t promise absolute silence in the beer tents – except from those who have fallen asleep of course. By all means made some noise at Punch and Judy, or cheering on the pony races, or sing along to the Alresford Ukulele Band or The Thomas Lord Old Gits. Let the kids go ‘Aaah’ at the petting farm, or run responsibly amok at the tree climbing area.
The Alresford Agricultural Show is our showcase, where we show off an industry that has been trundling along, through good times and bad, for many, many centuries. We have no time for ‘unfriending’, or ‘trolling’, or ‘fake news’ or any of that nonsense. Come to our Show and see what we mean.
Adult £15, Senior £13, Children 11-16 £5.
Buy before 26 September and save £2 per ticket.
Tickets available from:
www.alresfordshow.co.uk or at Six West – Alresford, Mole Country Stores – Winchester, Bishops Waltham Post Office, Alton Herald Office – Alton