Reporter Callum Maclean says he’s hooked after his first visit to Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Young Farmers Tug of War at the Suffolk Show.

The Suffolk Young Farmers Tug of War at the Suffolk Show.

Having lived in the county for nearly 19 years, when telling people I had never been to the Suffolk Show, I was always given a surprised response.

Reporter Callum Maclean at this first Suffolk Show, with a British Blue X cow called Clover

Reporter Callum Maclean at this first Suffolk Show, with a British Blue X cow called Clover - Credit: Archant

It was usually along the lines of “How can you have never been to the Suffolk Show?”

I didn’t really know what to expect. Agriculture has never really been my ‘thing’, and I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the day. Well, I was wrong.

When I arrived just after the gates opened at 7am, I didn’t expect hundreds of people to already be here. But people of all ages were already present, and throughout the day I regularly saw three generations of families together.

It truly felt like a celebration of all things Suffolk.

An Army Air Corps Apache helicopter over the Suffolk Show ground during the Demo Role Display.

An Army Air Corps Apache helicopter over the Suffolk Show ground during the Demo Role Display.

I imagine the good weather may well have helped, but walking around Trinity Park, I began to realise why it is such a big hit and brings in thousands of people every year.

On a small walk from the car park to the press tent, I got a feel for what the day was going to be about. There were all sorts of things going on – from roof thatching demonstrations to a demonstration from a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter.

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Families were queuing to watch their children ride in tractors and diggers, and with the numerous shows taking place, I was given a real eye opener into why people love horses and pedigree farm animals.

I didn’t see an unhappy face during the day.

The mascots race at the Suffolk Show in the Presidents Ring.

The mascots race at the Suffolk Show in the Presidents Ring.

Being able to get close to the various combine harvesters and other farming machinery, I began to find out what a mammoth operation it all is.

I wouldn’t say I’ve become a farming enthusiast, but I’m definitely a fan of the Suffolk Show.

Simon Temple with his Red poll champion at the Suffolk Show.

Simon Temple with his Red poll champion at the Suffolk Show.

Suffolk Constabulary launch the Special Constables on Horseback scheme at the Suffolk Show.

Suffolk Constabulary launch the Special Constables on Horseback scheme at the Suffolk Show.