Brackenhurst Agriculture student gets hands on at Nottingham County Show

Agriculture student Phoebe Smith from Nottingham Trent University sheared a sheep for the first time.

From sheep shearing to motorbike stunts, this year's Nottinghamshire County Show had it all.

The 132nd show was held over the weekend and attended by more than 30,000 people from across the country.

For Peter Arnold, visiting the annual event at Newark Showground has become a tradition as he has spent most his life attending.

But this year was extra special for the 61-year-old, who was honoured by the show's organisers with a long service award for the 45 years he spent working in agriculture across Nottinghamshire.

The retired travelling service engineer from Newark, said: "It is a great surprise to be recognised by something like the show and I was shocked when they told me.

"I having been coming to the Newark show for about 30 years and it is such a great event.

"I think the show puts the county on the map and it is always a good event even though it has changed a lot over the years.

"It used to be completely based on agriculture but now it is a mix of all sorts of things and a lot of different people attend.

"For some this is the only time they get to look at the machinery or get close to the livestock."

Throughout the weekend members of public were invited to try locally produced food, sit on tractors and even get hands on with livestock.

Agriculture student Phoebe Smith from Nottingham Trent University sheared a sheep for the first time in front of a crowd of more than 20.

The 18-year-old, said: "It was really good and was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I would actually like to do it again.

"This is only my second time at the show so to be shearing a sheep is great.

"I am not sure what area of agriculture I would like to go into when I graduate but I really like working with livestock.

"I think shows like this are a great way of inspiring young people to get into a really rewarding career. When people see all the things you can go into doing it really opens their eyes."

As well as the livestock, there were equine classes, country pursuits, food, music and family entertainment.

An entire area of the showground was dedicated to dog lovers, with competitions for working dogs and family pets.

For people looking for a less traditional country show one of the main attractions of the weekend was the country's top-ranked freestyle motocross stunt display team Broke FMX, which performed tricks up to 35 feet in the air.

Chartered surveyor Adrian Cox, 59, of Southwell, said: "We haven't been for a few years and we are glad we came back.

"In a way the whole show is like three in one because there is the traditional agriculture, the horse shows and then all the fun fair type attractions.

"The county would be a lot worse off without the show and it is good to see it doing so well."

For show manager Jayne Olney all the hard work of putting the event on is well worth it.

She said: "Each year we try to improve on the last and I think we have managed that again.

"At the core of our show is the agriculture and farming but we are much more than that.

"The early mornings and late nights are well worth it when you walk around seeing lots of happy people having a good time."

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Brackenhurst Agriculture student gets hands on at Nottingham County Show

Published on 14 May 2015
  • Category: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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