Children can get behind the wheel of mini tractors at the Suffolk Show 2016

A child gets up close to farm marchinery at the Suffolk Show.

A child gets up close to farm marchinery at the Suffolk Show. - Credit: Archant

Organisers of this year’s Suffolk Show will be inviting visitors to sit on tractors and take a ‘felfie’ - or farming selfie - as they introduce more interactive elements to the event’s farm machinery displays.

Crowds enjoying the Suffolk Show.

Crowds enjoying the Suffolk Show. - Credit: Archant

They are hoping to encourage show-goers to learn more about the county’s farming industry by visiting the popular farm machinery area.

Childen will have a chance to test their skills on mini tractors, while adults will get to see the latest developments in farming precision technology, as well as gaining a better understanding of agriculture’s varied and fascinating industry and its importance to the economy of Suffolk. Visitors will also be able to sample delicious Red Poll beef brisket burgers from Grill Central, a new catering outlet from the team behind Suffolk Food Hall, and check out a wide variety of country clothing brands from Out and About at Tuckwells, featuring a range of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

The Suffolk Show is, at heart, an agricultural show and has been a highlight of the farming calendar since it was launched more than 175 years ago. It is also an important networking event for the region’s agricultural businesses.

This year the farm machinery area, which is sponsored by Stour Garden, will host more than 35 businesses, including Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd, Thurlow Nunn Stranden and P Tuckwell Limited.

Show director Bill Baker said: “The Suffolk Show is very much at the heart of the farming community and we strongly urge all show goers to visit the farm machinery area and learn more about Suffolk’s food, farming and countryside.

“For our agricultural business community it’s an opportunity to meet clients and suppliers, learn about new farming technology and machinery and network with other businesses from across the sector.”

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As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to promote the importance of food, farming and the countryside to the economy and character of Suffolk through the Suffolk Show.

The SAA an annual education programme which includes the Tractors in Schools initiative and the Schools Farm and Country Fair. This year, the SAA has launched a new competition to find the Agricultural Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Fram Farmers and in association with Easton and Otley College, to highlight the varied career opportunities available to young people in the farming and agricultural sector.

This year’s Suffolk Show takes place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, at Trinity Park near Ipswich. Tickets are now on sale – save £6 per ticket by purchasing in advance. Advanced tickets cost £21 and children aged under 15 receive free entry. For more information visit the Suffolk Show website or call 01473 707117.