There’s been a lot in the news about the continuing popularity of country shows.
In a world where life changes at a rapid pace and many things seem to be out of our control, lots of people take comfort from traditional events.
Here in the Vale we are so lucky to have our country heritage so well catered for.
Not only do we have our annual county show, but just over the border we can enjoy Thame Show too.
And this year, due to popular demand, it returns to its traditional spot in September, just three weeks after Bucks County Show.
This year we also saw, for the first time, the Oakleigh Country Fair in the grounds of the Waddesdon Estate last weekend.
Whilst there were no livestock classes for local farmers to enter their cattle and sheep, there were still plenty of animals on show, with sheep, goats, terriers, ferrets and horses all performing in front of the enthusiastic crowds.
With our two major agricultural shows rapidly approaching this is a great time to celebrate the work of our hard working farmers - many of whom are currently out in the fields bringing in the harvest.
Both shows have multiple livestock classes, equestrian events, cookery demonstrations, trade stands and main ring entertainment to ensure we all have a fabulous day out and enjoy the best of the English countryside.
So come rain or shine, with wellies and sunscreen at the ready - or maybe even both - the dates to get into your diaries are Thursday August 28 for Bucks County Show and Thursday Septembe 18 for Thame Show.