Farming and rural skills on show

Mr Fuddles, pictured with George Brown 13, of Witney Young Farmers

MORE than 7,000 people are expected to attend an annual showcase of farming and rural skills in west Oxfordshire this weekend.

Oxfordshire Young Farmers are bringing their county show and rally to Ducklington Show Ground complete with a pint-sized pony, dog agility and entertainment, displays and crafts for the whole family.

Animals are set to be the stars of the show so if you have a dog you think is the best biscuit catcher or the one the judges would most like to take home, bring them along and test their skills.

Terrier racing and sheepdog skills will also feature and making a big impression will be miniature Shetland pony Mr Fuddles.

At the other end of the equine scale, visitors can enjoy the Suffolk Punch heavy horse display in the main arena which will also feature a motorcycle display of skills and stunts.

There will be craft, trade and food stalls, with local farmers’ markets, and a countryside area with livestock. 

Visitors will be able to take part in activities including clay pigeon shooting and a climbing wall, and learn about aspects of farming life with a ‘live’ chick hatching area and how to milk a cow.

For those who like big machines, a fascinating display of the very latest agricultural machinery will showcase today’s farming in action, as well as a nostalgic look at tractors and farm vehicles of yesteryear with a parade of vintage machinery.

Gates open at 10am on Saturday with tickets at £7.50 for adults, £5 for 12-16 year olds or £20 for a family ticket (2+2).

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