Key role of agricultural shows.

Report from Farmers Guardian.

THE role agricultural shows play in rural Britain has probably never been more important. That was the finding of a Farmers Guardian survey of readers into what makes a good agricultural show. David Boderke reports.

The past 10 years have seen major upheaval for the agricultural show scene, so Farmers Guardian decided to ask readers for their views on what shows have to offer today and which ones are doing the best job.

More than 220 readers completed the survey and, of those, 51 per cent were exhibitors at one or more shows.

The overwhelming finding was that shows are vital in bridging the gap between the countryside and townspeople, and in educating the general public on farming and food. They are also seen as important from a social point of view, offering a chance to catch up with friends, as well as showcasing the latest developments within the industry.

Not only that, they are now recognised as ‘big business’, providing entertainment for around seven million people in the UK each year.

From the largest national or county shows to the smallest local shows, they all have one goal in common - to provide entertainment for their visitors.

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