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Livestock judging in the parade ring at the East of England Show 2010

Presentation of Prizes in one of the Equestrian classes for 'working horses and wagons' at the East of England Show 2010

All the fun of the Fair - Sideshows and rides may be part of a Agricultural Show

An agricultural show is a public event showcasing the equipment, animals, sports and recreation associated with agriculture and animal husbandry. The largest comprise a livestock show (a judged event or display in which breeding stock is exhibited), a trade fair, competitions, and entertainment. The work and practices of farmers, animal fanciers, cowboys & equestrians and zoologists may be displayed. The terms agricultural show and livestock show are sometimes used synonymously.

A show is the Commonwealth term for an annual country fair.



In Australia, the show is an important part of cultural life. Shows range from small events in small country towns usually lasting two days, through medium-sized events of three days, to the all-encompassing Royal Shows in state capitals, which may run for up to two weeks and combine many elements of an amusement park with those of an agricultural show. Although increasingly under pressure due to finances and insurance concerns, all main towns have a Show Society and in some areas, several towns and villages in the area all have an annual show. Larger shows often include live entertainment and fireworks in the main arena.

A distinctive feature of Australian shows is the showbag, a themed carry bag of commercial goods.

Competitions commonly included in Australian shows include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Campdrafting
  • Cooking
  • commercial livestock and Stud
  • Demolition Derby
  • Horse show & Equestrian events
  • Jams and preserves
  • [[Pet and working animals - - Cat shows & Dog shows including sheepdog trials,
  • Photography
  • Rodeo
  • Sheaf tossing
  • Show jumping
  • Tent pegging
  • Wine
  • Wood chopping

United Kingdom

Display of prize wining cheese at the Bakewell Show

A few of the many trophies that are awarded in the competition classes at Bakewell Show, Some of the prizes date back to the 1800s

In the United Kingdom, the Agricultural show has evoled from the classic farmers only day out event to a more general country show and fair to appeal to a wider audience. Several of the older shows with histories going back to the 18oo's have disappeared. the most famous recent loss being The Royal Show closing in 2009.

Regional events such as The Great Yorkshire Show and Bakewell Show have grown from one day events to 2 or 3 days and covering more country pursuits and country life interests that just the farming classes and trade stands of old. A lot of the shows promote local produce with sections for meat and dairy products made on local farms and produced by local butchers. Other artistic pursuits such as flower arranging are also very competitive.

Field days

Related to a show is the "field day", with elements of a trade show for machinery, equipment and skills required for arable (broadacre) farming. Field days typically do not involve livestock, showbags or sideshows, but may include events such as ploughing competitions not usually associated with shows due to the larger space required. In some communities in northern England Field Days (or Club Days) have lost their agricultural character and have become community celebrations.

Trade shows (UK)

Main article: Trade shows

One of the biggest is the annual LAMMA Show held in Lincolnshire in January that started as a Local event for agricultural machinery manufactures to pitch there wares to the local arable farmers during the quiet winter months, before the spring sowing season.

List of Royal Shows


  • Royal Adelaide Show
  • Royal Bathurst Show
  • Alice Springs Royal Show
  • Royal Queensland Show (The Ekka)
  • Royal Canberra Show
  • Royal Darwin Show
  • Royal Geelong Show
  • Royal Hobart Show
  • Royal Launceston Show
  • Royal Melbourne Show
  • Perth Royal Show
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show


  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

New Zealand

  • Auckland Royal Easter Show
  • Royal New Zealand Show[1]

South Africa

  • The Royal Show - Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

United Kingdom

  • Royal Show – Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (Closed in 2009)
  • Royal Highland Show – Ingliston, Edinburgh
  • Royal Norfolk Show – Costessey near Norwich, Norfolk
  • Royal Welsh Show – Builth Wells, Powys
  • Royal Bath and West Show – Shepton Mallet, Somerset
  • Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show – Wadebridge, Cornwall
  • Tendring Hundred Show, Essex


List of other major agricultural and livestock shows


  • La Rural, Buenos Aires


  • Expointer, Esteio



  • Salon international de l'agriculture de Paris (French)

New Zealand

  • Fieldays, Hamilton, New Zealand

United Kingdom List includes notable local shows as well as county shows

There are agricultural shows throughout the UK, mainly from May to September. You can use the table below to look up the shows in the counties which are near you. Use the website links to check the dates and details of the next shows.

Map showing the counties of Britain, click on this link: OS map of Britain

(you will need to click on the map to change the zoom size so that you can read it clearly)
County Show
(in alphabetical order)
Hampshire Alresford Show
Leicestershire Ashby Show
Derbyshire Bakewell Show
Known as 'The Little Royal'
Buckinghamshire Bucks County Show
Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire County Show
Cheshire Cheshire County Show
Gloucestershire Cotswold Show
Surrey Cranleigh Show
Cumbria Cumberland Show
Derbyshire Derbyshire County Show
Devon Devon County Show
Dorset Dorset County Show
East Yorkshire Driffield Show
Cambridgeshire East of England Show
Surrey Edenbridge and Oxted Show
County Durham Eggleston Show
Northumberland Glendale Show
Bedfordshire Gransden Show
North Yorkshire Great Yorkshire Show
Oxfordshire Henley Show
Hertfordshire Herts County Show
Kent Kent County Show
Leicestershire Leicestershire County Show
Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Show
Cumbria Lowther Horse Driving Trials & Country Fair
Devon Mid Devon Show
Somerset Mid Somerset Show
Cheshire Nantwich and South Cheshire Show
Nottinghamshire Newark & Nottinghamshire County Show
Hampshire New Forest & Hampshire County Show
North Yorkshire Nidderdale Show
Northumberland Northumberland County Show
North Yorkshire North Yorkshire Show
Somerset North Somerset Show
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire County and Thame Show
South Yorkshire Penistone Show
Cumbria Penrith Show
Cambridgeshire Pymoor Agricultural & Country Show
Hampshire Romsey Show
Somerset Royal Bath & West Show
Cornwall Royal Cornwall Show
Berkshire Royal County of Berkshire Show
(Newbury Show)
Hampshire Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society Show
Lancashire Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show
Norfolk Royal Norfolk Show
Warwickshire Royal Show (Now Defunct)
Rutland Rutland County Show
West Sussex South of England Show
Nottinghamshire Southwell Ploughing Match and Show
Staffordshire Staffordshire County Show
Suffolk Suffolk Show
Surrey Surrey County Show
Worcestershire Three Counties Show threecounties
North Yorkshire Wensleydale Agricultural Show
Shropshire West Mid Show
Cumbria Westmorland County Show

County Show
(in alphabetical order)
Anglesey Anglesey Show
Ceredigion Cardigan County Agricultural Show
Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire County Show (United Counties Show)
Conwy Cerrig Show
Flintshire Denbigh and Flint Show
Ceredigion Lampeter Agricultural Show Show
Ceredigion Llanilar Show
Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire County Show
Powys Royal Welsh Show
Monmouthshire Usk Show
County Show (in alphabetical order) Website
Angus Angus Show
Ayrshire Ayr County Show
Scottish Borders Border Union Show
Perthshire Doune & Dunblane Show
Dumfries & Galloways Dumfries Show
Fife Fife Show
Angus Kirriemuir Show
Argyll & Bute Mid Argyll Show
Edinburgh Royal Highland Show
Dumfries & Galloways Stranraer Show
Aberdeenshire Turriff Show

County Show (in alphabetical order) Website
Belfast Balmoral Show
County Down Castlewellan Show

United States

  • American Royal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo - Rapid City, SD
  • Clay County Fair – Spencer, Iowa
  • Farm Progress Show – Decatur, Illinois and Boone, Iowa (Alternate years)
  • Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, Texas
  • National Farm Machinery Show – Louisville, Kentucky
  • National Western Stock Show – Denver, Colorado (Largest in the world)
  • North American International Livestock Exposition – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Pennsylvania Farm Show – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – San Antonio, Texas

See also


  2. "Greatest show on turf opens gates", BBC News (8 July 8, 2008). Retrieved on July 17, 2008. 

External links


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