Following the success of its return to its traditional September date last year, Thame Show is on course to open its gates to the public tomorrow (Thursday).
Attendance figures suffered when the show moved to an earlier spot in the calendar, but following a public consultation of local people, the show committee decided to move the show back to its traditional date of the third Thursday in September.
So the show will be open from 8.30am - 6pm tomorrow on the Thame Showground with all the usual attractions plus plenty of new ones.
The thrilling main ring attraction this year is chariot racing from the incredible Devil’s Horsemen.
The company from Mursley regularly provide horses, carriages and expertise for feature films and major television programmes such as Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones, Dr Who and Downton Abbey, and this is its first visit to Thame Show.
Visitors can be assured of a breathtaking performance with live stunt riding on horseback across the arena and fully choreographed chariot races using two and four horse teams.
On a totally different scale, in the Countryside Arena the Lamb National will see hardy Herdwick sheep racing around a small course. Herdwicks are known for their agility and need to be able to jump to negotiate natural hazards, and this race is always a favourite with all the family.
Visitors enjoy watching the sheep, in their individual colours, jumping over fences to complete the race, as the commentator introduces the runners and riders with names asuch as Red Ram and No Ewe Turns.
And for the first time this year, classes from 10 local schools will enjoy an educational visit to the show as well as performing a song and dance show on the stage.
There will be in excess of 700 children at the show, with each school nominating activities they would like the children to see.
Other attractions around the showground will include sheepdog and gundog displays, terrierracing and falconry, cattle and sheep classes and displays of birds, alpacas,agricultural machinery and classic cars.
The Food Theatre will be run by local chef Lotte Duncan with demonstrations going on throughout the day. And there will be the usual food hall and the shopping and craft marquees, many trade stands and the home and garden marquee full of flowers, vegetables and crafts.
A free mini bus will travel to and from the Showground to pick up points at both ends of Thame throughout the day.
On the day entry is £15 for adults, £12 for senior ciitzens, £5 for juniors aged from five to 15 (although they can enter for free when accompanied by a paying adult) and free for under fives.