The Suffolk Show will offer a feast of activities for all to enjoy next week - with talents from the west of the county being given their chance to shine.
The renowned show on Wednesday and Thursday at Trinity Park, Ipswich promises crowd-pleasing entertainment and displays such as jousting, show jumping, terrier racing, vintage tractors and a grand parade.
There are hundreds of competitive classes for equine and livestock entries; stands featuring top food producers and a Farm Discovery Zone for youngsters.
It will also provide a platform for West Suffolk with pupils at Ickworth Park and Walsham-le-Willows Primary Schools taking part in a competition to design and plant their own model gardens for the ‘Flower and Garden Show Experience’.
Based on the contest’s theme of ‘A Slice of Suffolk History’, they have dropped a few hints about their designs.
Inspired by their allotment, children at Ickworth Park Primary, in Horringer, are featuring vegetables and have weaved a large willow structure. Pupils at Walsham-le-Willows have created a large willow horse.
Local businesses will be among the trade stand exhibitors including Metallurgi, based in Rushbrooke, which creates woven steel products.
Rede based company Italian Terrace, winner of 12 Chelsea Flower Show awards, will show-case their terracotta designs.
Chelssea winners Potash Nurseries, in Bacton, will once again be showing their range of fuchsias and pelargoniums, straight from showing at RHS Malvern and RHS Chelsea.
To celebrate their three year sponsorship of the Flower and Garden Experience, Glasswells, in Bury St Edmunds, are giving visitors the chance to win a ‘Sanctuary Cube Dining Set’ worth more than £1,000. Entrants just need to visit the display at the Glasswells Flower Show marquee and answer a question with correct answers put into a draw.
Managing director Paul Glasswell said: “My mother took part in the flower arranging competition for many years and is thrilled to have been invited to present the prizes at this year’s show.”
Military involvement includes a demonstration by a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter and the Suffolk Agricultural Association has donated 400 family tickets to soldiers and airmen. Visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk