ASHBOURNE Show is once again just round the corner.
The highlight of the area's agricultural calendar takes place at Osmaston Polo Ground on Saturday and is not only set for another huge turnout, but will feature near record-breaking entries of livestock.
Organisers have pulled out all the stops to put on the 123rd show.
Its centre-piece, the main ring, will feature performances by the daring Moto Stunts International display team and mad-capped fun from clown act Dingle Fingle. The main ring will start with the hunters classes being judged with their usual large entry. They will compete for a place at the Horse of the Year Show. There will be a display of fox hounds, bloodhounds and beagles, a grand parade of livestock and prize-giving.
It promises to keep visitors entertained throughout the day.
A flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has been arranged.
The magnificent shire horses, a mainstay of the show, will be judged in their own ring on the main field in the morning, where they will compete for a coveted place in at the Horse of the Year Show. This will be followed by a pet dog show which grows in popularity every year. This is an enter-on-the-day competition and anyone is invited to bring their pampered pooches along.
The Poultry and Pet Section, run in conjunction with Henmore Poultry Club, will have classes for pure-bred poultry and eggs. There will also be an enter-on-the-day pet section with classes for rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies and canaries and pet poultry.
There will be the food hall with producers large and small selling a variety of mouth-watering products, including homemade cakes and pastries, jams and chutneys, bottled beers and cheeses for people to sample and take home.
This is one of the most popular events of the day and visitors will be amazed at what delicacies are made locally.
There is the marquee with artists, jewellers and craft workers among the various exhibitors.
There will also be a spinning demonstration.
This is always one of the busiest places on the showground with so much to see.
Along with trade stands selling everything from tractors, clothes and sweets to hats and plants, there is something for everybody and every size of pocket.
The popular light horse classes with an amazing number of entries will run from early morning right through the day. There will be a wide range of competitions, from in-hand to working hunter, and local pony classes and the graceful side-saddle competition.
With even more Horse of the Year Show qualifiers in this section, the quality of horses and competition looks set to be very high.
The livestock section is proud of its wide variety of breeds, both popular and rare, in all sections. The cattle section has well-supported classes in both dairy and beef, from the impressive large bulls to the very popular calves shown by their young handlers.
Sheep will be presented to the highest of standards and represent a range of breeds.
Goats will also feature in a milking competition.
The handicraft, homecraft and horticulture tent will again be filled with many entries.
There will be trophies in classes for baking, floral art, and home-grown produce as well as numerous children's craft classes.
The WI, Camera Club and Young Farmers will all be holding their own club competitions in their various marquees around the ground, providing even more for visitors to see.
The Ashbourne Shire Horse Society prides itself on providing the public with a fun-filled day out for all members of the family whatever their age.
Events range from Punch and Judy for the youngest to the varied trade and information stands for the older.
If you want to take part in any section of the show, all the schedules are on the website.
Car parking is free and a free bus runs from Homebase, via Victoria Square and Old Derby Road.
Pre-show discounted tickets are available from tourist information centres at Ashbourne, Leek and Swadlincote, the NFU office at Uttoxeter and from Homebase in Ashbourne.
Membership and tickets are also available before the show from the secretary.
The show and its many events would not be possible without the generous contributions from sponsors and volunteers.
The organisers are grateful to them all.
To find out more or to offer support, call the secretary on 01889 507497, or visit www.ashbourneshow.co.uk