It’s show time!

The curtain has been raised and the show season is in full swing! Agricultural shows have long been a summer tradition of rural life, popping up in fields around the Pembrokeshire countryside.

Farmers get a chance to show off their livestock, horses trot into the rings, pampered pooches enter the dog show, vintage tractors and machinery are displayed, and vegetables, flowers, jams and chutney can be viewed in the horticultural tents.

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Agricultural shows offer an array of events, suitable for the whole family to enjoy, with classes being judged throughout the day. Once all the prizes have been awarded, there is a grand parade of winners, proudly showing off their rosettes, cups and ribbons.

Don’t be fooled by the laid-back atmosphere – there are some fierce competitive rivalries at work!

After weeks of preparation, animals are bathed, brushed, blow-dried, trimmed and polished to look their best for show day. Every one of the entrants is hoping to be called into first place by the discerning judges.

Once you’ve admired the animals in the rings, head to the horticulture section to spot the longest carrot or fattest leek, go quackers in the poultry tents, sniff out some local produce while the kids jump around on the bouncy castle, and finish the day off with an ice-cream – or a tipple in the beer tent!

The Pembrokeshire County Show is the biggest show in the county, and is the largest three-day show in Wales.

More than 75,000 people attend every year and there really is something for everyone.

This year one of the main attractions is the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, along with harness racing and the Inter Hunt Gold Cup Relay, all of which are bound to get pulses racing.

If you want to sample some delicious local produce head to the Food Hall, or treat yourself and shop til you drop – there’s plenty on offer with more than 500 trade stands.

To keep little ones amused there is the Family Free Play Zone with activities, crafts and special entertainment, and there’s also a fairground. 

It if you would like a taste of country life, check out our show diary:

Nevern Show: August 6

Pembroke Town & Country Show: August 6

Pembrokeshire County Show: August 19-21 

Camrose Vintage Working Day: August 23

Martletwy Show: August 27

Clunderwen Show: August 30

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