Final preparations are underway for the hugely popular Spilsby Show which is held each year on the second Sunday of July. This year, all the fun takes place on Sunday 10th July, with the gates opening at 10:00am. Some amazing entertainment is on offer this year with a number of new attractions joining some of the traditional favourites. Demand for trade stand space this year has been unprecedented with exhibitors travelling long distances to join in the fun. The event prides itself on having something for everyone and this year is no exception. There is plenty for all ages with a vast array of exhibits, stalls and attractions.
The history of the event can be traced back to the late 1880’s however it was revived in its current format in July 1974. It has become one of the most popular events in the local calendar and is held on the Spilsby Recreation Ground, off Ancaster Avenue. Entry starts at just £2 – great value! A free park and ride will be in operation from the King Edward VI Academy and also, from the Vale Road Industrial Estate. Those visitors parking on the Industrial Estate can quickly take a short cut through the cemetery and then cross over Boston Road to arrive at the main showground entrance – it couldn’t be easier!
A wide range of attractions will be attending this year’s Show, providing everyone with a whole host of entertainment. There are a wide range of vintage vehicles, tractors, oil engines, a huge model and craft marquee as well as over 100 trade and charity stands. There will also be exhibits inside the Indoor Trade Marquee as well as marquees for a tasty VIP lunch and also, the opportunity to meet members of the Royal British Legion. The very popular Heavy Horse Show returns, always a true highlight, as well as the Companion Dog Show and 6 mile road race. Entries have been coming in thick and fast with competitors travelling from all over the region. A variety of events also take place in the main ring, with displays from local organisations, Sarber Dog Agility Display, Hundleby Equestrian, a march by members of the Royal British Legion and the Grand Parade – when many vintage exhibits take to the main arena riding round in front of the crowds.
There is also musical entertainment by Skegness Silver Band and for the very first time, The Cover Girls will be performing a medley of classic hits and much more besides! The organisers are also welcoming displays by local history groups, Boston Veteran Cycles, Spilsby Fire Brigade, Lincolnshire Police and in the year we celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, our younger visitors will have the opportunity to be crowned the King and Queen of the Spilsby Show! It promises to be some day! The event also has a popular Farmers Market, promoting locally sourced goods and a wide range of other specialist products as well as food stalls and catering outlets providing something to suit everyone’s taste.
There is plenty of fun for the children too, including a huge fairground section with slides, face painters, rides, archery, fun competitions and this year, for the first time ever, a display of exotic wildlife – courtesy of Tony Butler’s Exotic Animals and Owl Encounters. Members of the Sessions House will also be in attendance and their very popular Sessions Lounge returns.
One of the most exciting prospects is that, for the first time in Spilsby Show history, a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane will take place – yes, all at the same time! A sight to behold. The organisers can’t wait to see it!
BBC Radio Lincolnshire will also be in attendance as well as members of the team from County Linx Radio. They will be bringing their bus to the event for the first time this year. It’s always great to welcome new attractions and this year’s Show ensures that is just the case!
The organisers have said: “This year’s Show promises to be another great day out. We have worked extremely hard to ensure that whilst some of the traditional favourites are returning, we have asked a number of new attractions to attend this year, to ensure that the event remains fresh and people who attend on an annual basis, can always be assured that they will see something different. The Exotic Animal display is a brand new attraction for us and we believe that with the Cover Girls joining us, our musical entertainment will really get everyone in the party spirit.” The Committee also wanted to use this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the people who help contribute to the success of the event. “The Spilsby Show brings the whole community together and each year, it reminds everyone that Spilsby and the surrounding area, really do work together in order to provide our visitors with a really enjoyable day out. We would like to thank everyone who has helped contribute to this year’s Show, our advertisers, exhibitors, sponsors and also, anyone else who has helped us by giving up their time to make this year’s event possible. We are really grateful for all of their help”.
Proceeds from the event are donated to local charities and organisations at an annual Presentation Night which takes place in October. The Presentation Night also gives the Committee the opportunity to thank the army of volunteers and sponsors who help contribute to the success of the Show. The event gives local charities and organisations the opportunity to make people aware of their good work and help promote their activities to thousands of visitors.
The 2016 Show will be officially opened by Scott Dalton from BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The Spilsby Show – a great day out for all of the family. Entry is still only £3 for adults and £2 for children/concessions. There is so much to see and do. Don’t miss this year’s Show – it promises to be a truly memorable day!
10:30am : Heavy Horse Show Judging starts (Ring A).
Proudly sponsored by AlderVale Vets.
10:30am : Dog Show Judging starts (Ring B).
Proudly sponsored by AlderVale Vets.
11:00am : Six Mile Road Race starts.
Proudly sponsored by GPC Industries Ltd
12 noon : Official opening of the 2016 Show by Mr Scott Dalton from BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
12:10pm : Royal British Legion parade featuring various local Standards, Cadets and Skegness Silver Band.
12:30pm : The Cover Girls performance.
1:00pm : Sarber Dog Agility Display.
1:30pm : Road Race Winners Presentation.
1:45pm : Display by Hundleby Equestrian.
2:15pm : The Cover Girls performance.
3:00pm : Spilsby Show King and Queen Competition judging.
3:20pm : Sarber Dog Agility Display.
4:00pm : Spilsby Show Grand Parade – featuring Vintage Cars and Motor Cycles, Tractors and Veteran Bicycles.