A great love of Chipping Show is shared by the two men at the helm of this year’s 86th Chipping and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show, to be held Saturday.
This year’s president Malcolm Kenyon says becoming involved in the show is the best thing that has happened to him since he moved to the village in the mid-1970s.
Down the years he has been a committee member, vice chairman, chairman and has also been show secretary for 14 years.
Incredibly, Malcolm is not a farmer. He admits that when he was first asked to help out with the Blue Faced Leicester sheep classes, he thought it was some kind of American football or baseball team!
He said: “I love the tradition of the show...
“Other shows are probably bigger, but Chipping still has that traditional feel to it.”
Joining the show committee had led Malcolm to forge many new friendships, including with the family of this year’s chairman, William Pye.
William said: “I don’t think I have ever missed a show.
“I love it. It is a great community event and promotes the local area, rural living, agriculture and horticulture.
“It brings all the village together.”
Both William’s parents and grandparents have been involved with the show, now he and Malcolm are looking forward to welcoming Saturday’s excited crowds.
As ever the field will be busy. There will be sheep, cattle, light horses, ponies and shire horses, poultry and pigeons . There will also be eggs, cheeses, crafts, cakes and preserves, horticulture, Young Farmers, vintage machinery and children’s sections, dog and baby shows, over 50 trade stands, tug of war, fell race, lawn mower and sheep racing, egg catching, sheepdog demos and more– all for £8 adults and £2 children.