County Show Characters: The show secretary

Bucks County Show secretary Alison Baylis
Bucks County Show secretary Alison Baylis

By late afternoon show secretary Alison Baylis had a chance to breath again.

After a year of hard work and preparation she could finally enjoy the rewards of her labour.

Smiling in the secretary and trophy tent she said: “I’m feeling fine, it’s been a good day, the car parks are really full and it looks set to be a record crowd.

“The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Mrs Baylis is one of only two people employed to run the show – everyone else works in a voluntary capacity and there are 120 stewards and 60 judges.

The support from the farming community is impressive.

In addition to the president and chairman there is a management committee and honorary show administrators. Acknowledgement is also given to an impressive list of individuals, groups and businesses who give their time to ensure the success of the show.

This includes the landowners of the show site and car parks, veterinary surgeons, the RAF Cadets and Buckinghamshire Young Farmers Clubs.

There are plenty of things necessary to the smooth running of the show which are unique to its agricultural nature including the requirement to have a mobile milking parlour, provided for the dairy cows to be milked in the afternoon after judging, as well as a washing down area to prime the cattle and a washing area for the lorries.

Mrs Baylis said: “The show is a charity and we can’t pay everyone, it is not a commercial enterprise.

“Without the help of many volunteers we couldn’t do it.”

The day after the show Mrs Baylis and a team of those volunteers are clearing up the site, and then after a short respite the long journey towards next year’s show will begin.