Dig that! Show was a big hit

Digger dancing at the Lincolnshire Show EMN-160625-120958001
Digger dancing at the Lincolnshire Show EMN-160625-120958001

A team of dancing diggers delighted more than 60,000 visitors at the Lincolnshire Show last week as organisers celebrated the success of its 132nd year.

While the visitor numbers are still being counted, it is expected that more than 60,000 people - many of them from the Rasen area - flocked to the Lincolnshire Showground on June 22 and 23.

They enjoyed the vast amount of attractions, exciting activities and friendly farmyard animals on offer across the two days.

Jane Hiles, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society chairman, was delighted with the impressive turn-out.

She said: “The Show has been a great success this year and I am delighted that so many people from Lincolnshire and further afield came to enjoy the amazing attractions.

“We had a unique performance from the Dancing Diggers which saw a team of JCB’s gracefully parade around the Main Ring to some big ballads.

“There was so much on offer and I would like to thank the Lincolnshire Showground team and the hundreds of traders, performers and stewards who helped to make the two days a memorable and brilliant experience for everyone.”

The Dancing Diggers returned to the Show for the first time in ten years and further highlights included the popular sheep show presented by Stuart Barnes, a Shetland Pony Grand National, and a live road traffic 
demonstration from Lincolnshire volunteer emergency 
responders, LIVES.

Savage Skills also returned to demonstrate freestyle bike stunts while the popular Broke FMX impressed audiences with freestyle motocross tricks.

Visitors were left spoilt for choice in the bustling Mews area, and in total could browse more than 600 trade stands selling Lincolnshire’s finest produce.

In The Lincolnshire Kitchen, the county’s best chefs, including Masterchef semi-finalist Annie Mackenzie, 
demonstrated their tasty cooking skills.

New to the show this year was the Aviation Zone which aimed to teach visitors about Lincolnshire’s rich aviation history. Crowds enjoyed exploring real-life cockpits and fuselages, talking with experts including local RAF representatives, and experiencing Lightning and Spitfire simulators, as well as the well-respected S for Sugar project.

Jayne Southall, CEO, added: “We wanted to make sure that this year’s Show had the best of Lincolnshire for visitors and taught them about the county’s great heritage. Both the introduction of the Education Marquee and Aviation Zone helped us do this.”

and I am delighted that both additions proved to be extremely popular among the visitors.

“There was a brilliant atmosphere across the two days and we look forward to seeing you all again next year for the 133rd Show!”

The Show also saw the largest number of secondary schools attend the event as organisers increased their education offering. School children were able to get their hands dirty by competing to grow the largest potato and others took on a number of school challenges in a bid to learn about agriculture in Lincolnshire.