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Thousands of people expected to visit 123rd Ashbourne Show

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

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Thousands of people are expected to turn out to the annual Ashbourne Show today.

More than 200 cattle, 240 sheep and 50 horses will be at the 123rd event, at Osmaston Polo Ground.

The main ring, will feature performances by the daring Motor Stunts International display team and clown act Dingle Fingle.

Light horses will be ridden in a series of events and competitions throughout the day and all competitors will descend on the arena shortly after 3pm for the grand parade.

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At 3pm, a flypast by a Spitfire aeroplane is planned.

There will also be a food hall with producers selling a variety of mouth-watering goods, including homemade cakes and pastries, jams and chutneys, bottled beers and cheeses for people to sample and take home.

The showground is open to the public from 9am. 

Among people at the event is James Dixon, from Westpoint Veterinary Group, in Ednaston.

He said: “We are really enjoying it so far. It’s a nice day.

"Its been good to see some of our clients both current and potential clients. We have been before but this year its good to see lots of farmers and lots of livestock of such good quality."

Lucy Paxman, 32, from Normanton, is at the show with her two children. She said: “I've not been before but saw it advertised so we thought we would come and make a day of it.

“We're surprised at how big it is and we are pleased there is lots to do for the children. We all thought the clown was really funny.” 

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