Its Thame Show tomorrow!!

FARMERS are expected to be out in force for this year's Oxfordshire County and Thame Show being held tomorrow (Thursday)

Following a break last year due to foot and mouth, and bluetongue, cattle and sheep will make a welcome return to the show.

Unfortunately there are still problems with this year's harvest because of the foul weather, but organisers hope this will not deter them from attending to celebrate the county's countryside.

The main event will be the Flying Gunners motorbike team who will perform stunts in the main ring throughout the day, along with music by the 1066 Hastings marching band. The dare devil bikers will be jumping over their team mate and forming impressive human pyramids.

Thame Show is billed as the greatest one day agricultural show in the country attracting about 20,000 visitors every year.

It really is a case of town meeting country with sheep, cattle, horses and showjumping on display to wow the crowds.

About 1,000 dogs of all types and sizes are said to take part in the premier Dog Show while local food and produce will on offer throughout the show ground.

This year the show, being held on September 18, has been chosen to stage qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show and the London International Horse Show.

Competitors winning one of the top three places in the show jumping class will automatically qualify for a position in the grade C final in the Horse of the Year Show, while mountain and moorland in-hand classes will qualify for Olympia in December.

The first official show was held in 1888, but records show that it started much earlier than that with a ploughing match in 1855.

The event proved popular with 26 teams competing for eight prizes.

For eight years before this there was a horticultural society show in Thame and following the success of the ploughing competition it was agreed that the events should be combined.

The town show became a county event after the final Oxfordshire Show held at Kidlington Airfield in 1977 when the Oxfordshire Agricultural Society was wound up.

The Mix 96 bus will be running a free return service to the showground from the museum all day.

Tickets can be bought in advance from shops throughout Thame. Adults: 10; Junior and senior citizens: 6; family tickets (two adults and three concessions) 30.

On the day: adults 12, Junior and senior citizens 8 and family 35.

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