There is just a few days to go until Bucks County Show once more presents to the public the best of agriculture and rural life.
Town and country people will gather together as one at the Weedon Park showground on Thursday to enjoy one of our county’s most enduring traditions.
Visitors can delight in the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside, sidestepping the steaming cowpats in the cattle marquees as they wander up the aisles to admire the beefiest Simmentals, tiny Dexters and milky Jerseys.
The lines of sheep pens will present a marvellous display of smartly washed and clipped sheep.
And this is one place where that most British of traditions, the hunt, is always welcome.
This year there will be a parade from the Fourshires Bassett Hounds, the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase, the Old Berkeley Beagles and the Kimblewick Hunt.
Alongside the agricultural element of the show is the equally important equine programme, showcasing superb horses and ponies. Some will be jumping, others will be pulling carriages. Some will be competing for a coveted place in the prestigious Horse of the Year Show or the Royal International Horse Show.
Then there will be rows and rows of trade stands with everything from agicultural machinery, fencing, furniture and cars to council marquees and the National Farmers Union.
The food halls and shopping marquees are always incredibly popular, selling local cuisine and crafts.
And the handicrafts, flowers and vegetables entered into the show classes are a big draw once the judging is over and the public can enter the marquees.
The Young Farmers clubs of Buckinghamshire also make their welcome presence felt as they promote their federation and fill the showground with their youthful enthusiasm. And this is a perfect opportunity for town teenagers to find out more about the youth movement and enquire about joining. Because you do not have to be from a farming family to join – you just have to have a genuine interest in the countryside.
Finally, the countryside area offers plenty to amuse and delight with the return of the ever popular Sheep Show, and of course the main ring attractions are always a pull.
This year, in addition to the parade of winning cattle and the horse shows, the Brigade of the Band of Gurkhas and the Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team will thrill and entertain the crowds.
This year will be the 146th Bucks County Show. There have been breaks in its history due to both world wars and in 2001 it was cancelled because of the foot and mouth outbreak.
60 cattle classes
With dairy and beef breeds including Holstein, Jersey, Angus, Charolais, Dexter, Hereford, Limousin, Simmental and South Devon.
30+ sheep classes
Including Berrichon, Charollais, Southdown, Texel and Wiltshire Horn breeds.
Approximately 80 equine classes
Including qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show. Ridden, in hand and working horses and ponies.
200+ trade stands
Showing off the best of Bucks business and including agricultural engineers, vehicles, the National Farmers Union and Thame Market.
Food, rural crafts, furniture, clothing
Today the show is well established at Weedon Park, celebrating its 25th anniversary there this year.
But prior to this, many older readers will remember when it was held in the magnificent and picturesque grounds of Hartwell House from 1952 until 1988.
In fact its location has changed many times since it was established in 1859 to promote agriculture in the county of Buckinghamshire .
The most significant show rule, which still holds fast today, was to promote and extend the theory and practice of agriculture and husbandry and the improvement of livestock in the district.
During the early years the show yard was based at the Friarage and ploughing matches took place at Prebendal Farm.
Between 1922 and 1934 the show was held at venues including Waddesdon, Walton Grange, Wootton Park and Mentmore before finally settling at Hartwell for a long period.
Weedon Park, Aylesbury, A413, three miles north of town.
Thursday August 29
8am - 6.30pm
Adults £11.50; Child (5-16 years) £5; OAP £9; Group (2 adults + 2 children) £28. Under five’s free. Available online www.buckscountyshow.co.uk
Admision on show day
Adults £14; Child (5-16 years) £6; OAP £12; Group (2 adults + 2 children) £34. Under fives free
Free car parking.
Free service from Station Way, Aylesbury to the showground. First bus leaves 9.30am.