Blaston Show, one of the highlights of Leicestershire’s summer season, is just days away. Topping the bill, subject to weather conditions, is a Flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster. There are only two airworthy Second World War Lancaster bombers left in the world from the 7,377 that were built – and one is due to fly over the show at 15:37. A sight not to be missed!
Coming back to earth, a couple of quiet fields on the outskirts of the village of Slawston are currently being transformed into a bustling showground. Prized livestock will be unloaded and groomed ahead of judging, and spectators will flock in to enjoy a fabulous, countryside-orientated, family day out; every year Blaston Show attracts around 5,000 exhibitors and spectators from across the region.
As well as the extensive display of sheep, lambs and cattle, including classes for young handlers, sheep shearing remains in the schedule, and the Young Farmers will be vying for success in the fence erecting, stock judging and junior tug of war competitions.
Horses and ponies will be up in front of the judges, as will around 100 dogs of all shapes and sizes, both Kennel Club registered and Heinz 57 varieties. Waggiest Tail and Best Biscuit Catcher are always hotly contested! Entries for these classes can be made on the day, cash only payment.
One of the highlights of the Show is the fabulous array of classic cars and tractors; many of the cars will have already taken part in the Classic Car run before parading in the main ring. They are in stark contrast to the huge ‘cutting edge’ farm machinery also on display. The range of vehicles is mind-boggling, and the owners only too happy to chat about their cherished machines.
Terrier racing, bale rolling and tug-of-war competitions are serious crowd pleasers, whilst adding to the mix will be a display of steam engines, hound parades, the ever-popular Fancy Dress competition, and a display by the Rearsby Lodge Riding Club Quadrille Team.
Throw in the Blaston Hound Show, with hounds coming from as far afield as Northumberland and Dorset, children’s entertainment, a varied array of tradestands and a wide range of food and drink stands selling everything from burgers to beer, pizza to pies, plus a choice of fresh ice cream vans, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets can be bought on the gate, which opens at 8am. Entrance to the Show costs from £5 for 13-16 year olds (12 and under are free) to £12.50 for over 16s. A significant proportion of money raised on the day will be given to local charities. For 2023 the primary beneficiaries are East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme and Macmillan Cancer Support Market Harborough.