The Leicestershire County Show returned over the bank holiday weekend and, despite the heavy rain, attendees witnessed a jam-packed show with activities new and old.
Our gates were opened to the public at 8:30am on Saturday and attendees didn’t have to wait long for the entertainment to begin. The two-day event began with Leicester Tigers Big Boot, Ladies Side Saddle, Kangaroo Kid and Westerby Basset Hounds who all kicked off proceedings in the morning before the headline event.
At midday, large crowds formed in the main arena to witness the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. Cascades of colour flowed from the sky as the descending parachutists were welcomed to the ground by a rapacious applause by the crowds. The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team is performing at select locations throughout 2018 to mark the RAF’s 100 year anniversary, and we were thrilled to have the team perform at this year’s event.
The parachute display team are in high demand this year and they certainly didn’t disappoint, putting on a spectacular display for our crowds.
Flight Lieutenant David Sellers, Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team said: “It was great to be able to perform our display at the Leicestershire County Show. The crowd were fantastic and gave us such a warm welcome as we landed in the arena. This year has been a very important one for us and the Royal Air Force, so we feel privileged to have taken part in so many events to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.”
In the afternoon, crowds enjoyed jousting fun from Knights of Nottingham, a display from Fernie Hunt Pony Club, a grand parade of cattle and vintage tractor display.
Day two was much of the same, with the addition of long rain showers. In true British fashion, the show went on despite the bad weather. It was a shame that the weather wasn’t as good as it was in 2017 but the main arena events continued as scheduled (expect the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team) and we were still able to throw an enjoyable show.
To see so many people come to experience and support our magnificent agriculture and history is fantastic. Alongside the wide range of attractions, there was a traditional fun fair that was popular with the children and hundreds of craft stands.
We were pleased to create a main arena schedule that combined traditional agriculture with family fun. If you have got some good pictures from the event, share them on Facebook and Instagram with the #LCS2018 hashtag. The photo that best encompasses ‘two-day slice of country life’ will win a £100 cash prize.
The County Show will return to Leicestershire over the August bank holiday in 2019. We’re already putting plans in place to create an even bigger show.
Full pictures from the event can be found on our gallery page.