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Bank holiday show to be a day to remember
AFTER being cancelled last year because of a waterlogged field, the Cricklade Show is back this year and expected to be a day to remember.
The show has been a long standing fixture in its August Bank Holiday slot and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
But last year it fell victim to the unpredictable British weather and had to be cancelled last minute.
The cancellation came after several meetings were held for volunteers to join the organising committee, which received a poor turn-out. However, Mark Clarke, of the town council, was appointed the new chairman of the committee and this year he and his committee are praying for good weather to ensure the show is a success.
He said: “After the disappointment of the cancellation last year because of a waterlogged ground we are keeping our fingers, and a whole lot more, firmly crossed to have a few dry days leading up to the show day on bank holiday Monday.
“Cricklade Show is run by a very small committee and one of the main objectives is to raise funds for local groups and charities.”
In previous years the show has donated money to Cricklade Cricket Club, Cricklade Rugby Club, Minety Dance School, Young Farmers, Thames Pre-school, Cricklade Guides, Cancer Research and Pets as Therapy.
This year, to excite and interest everyone, there will be a full programme of arena attractions on offer including the traditional horse show, a dog agility display, live music, exotic animals, a funfair, a variety of catering, a beer tent, working dogs, vintage vehicles, carriage-driving, craft tent, trade stands and much more.
The show takes place by kind permission of the Sweet family at Upper Broadleaze Farm, close to Chelworth Road from the end of The Forty.
Craft stallholders are still wanted for the show on Monday, when 4,000 visitors are expected to descend on the farm. Each stallholder would have a three-walled individual tent measuring almost 10ft by 10ft and the fee of £50 includes two 6ft tables, two chairs and two free entry passes.
For booking forms and more information visit www.cricklade show.co.uk.
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