Prince Harry is set to be the star of the Suffolk Show next week as the 183-year-old event looks to draw in more youngsters.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flood the Suffolk showground at Trinity Park, in Ipswich, on May 28 and 29.
Show director Bill Baker, who farms in Elmswell, said he was thrilled the Prince would be attending the second day of the show.
“The presence of a member of the Royal Family is a wonderful boost for all those who support the show – exhibitors, trade stand holders, sponsors – and, of cours,e our own team of staff and volunteer stewards. The Prince enjoys a strong public following and his visit is especially appreciated in a year when we are looking to appeal to more young people at the show and presenting the kinds of careers available to them in the food and farming related industries.
“I am very much looking forward to welcoming him and showing him around the fantastic features of this year’s show.”
For the first time, under-14s can get into the showground for free with a host of activities and exhibitions aimed squarely at young people.
A new Farm Discovery Zone has been introduced this year and children will have the chance to see a chick hatch, stroke a calf and get up close to modern farm machinery.
Bill said: “We wanted to bring more exhibits and demonstrations aimed at the family to this year’s show.”
Discounted tickets to the show are available before midnight tonight.
For more information on the show, visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk