A highlight in the rural calendar is back, as the English Winter Fair returns to the Staffordshire County Showground in 2022 after attracting 5,000 visitors in 2021.
Some of the UK’s best cattle, sheep and pigs expected to enter the Fair on 19 and 20 November.
Since 2019, the English Winter Fair has incorporated the National Pedigree Calf Show, which will take place on the Saturday, while the overall Winter Fair champion will be judged on Sunday. Both classes carry a £1,000 prize for the supreme champion.
Alongside the livestock classes, farmers and food producers can enter their best carcass and food products to be judged while visitors can experience shopping, and food and drink, providing activities for everyone to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas.
The Duke of Norfolk competition hosted by the Royal Smithfield Club will also return and will see breed societies select a set of three animals from existing pedigree classes to represent their breed.
High-quality Butchers and food producers will be found in the carcass hall showcasing their British meat products and the Christmas Country Fair will ensure visitors get into the festive spirit with some Christmas shopping and the chance to indulge in delicious food and drink.
Farmers will also be able to get support and business advice from a breadth of farming organisations and experts that will be on hand to provide information.
Richard Williams, CEO of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “Last year, we welcomed farmers and rural communities back to the English Winter Fair, and what an event it was.
“Being back in the showground after a lengthy gap, there was a real buzz and it was wonderful to witness rural communities in their droves.
“This year, we will be building on the success of last year’s show, and celebrating the very best livestock in the UK.”
The schedule for the event will be published in mid-September.
Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the gate and the car park opens at 8am.
For more information and entries go to www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk/english-winter-fair