£1.5million Suffolk Show opens to the public this morning - will you be there?

Chloe Winchester takes part in the Welcome Stakes show jumping at the Suffolk Show 2016.

Chloe Winchester takes part in the Welcome Stakes show jumping at the Suffolk Show 2016.

It’s showtime! Today marks the start of the most popular event in the Suffolk calendar as Trinity Park opens its gates for the Suffolk Show 2016.

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Watching the Suffolk Punch judging in the Presidents Ring.

. Watching the Suffolk Punch judging in the Presidents Ring.

The event promises to be one of the best yet, offering a range of competitive livestock, animal and farming classes, trade stalls and family activities, including a sports village, military show, a tourism village, foodhall and a home and garden area.

Show organisers are urging people not to be deterred from visiting following heavy rain yesterday, with the weather set to remain dry, albeit cloudy, and with temperatures of up to 15C (59F).

Bill Baker, honorary show director, said: “We have had a lot of rain but the showground here is incredibly forgiving.

“It’s light land and the rain falls away. The showground is holding up incredibly well.


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“We were very well advanced with our set-up this year and that set us in good stead. We are coping incredibly well.

“I would like it to perhaps be a bit warmer for the next few days, but we are open for business and the show looks to be a great one.

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“It’s the biggest event in the county bar none. It’s taken the whole year and £1.5million to stage.

“There’s a full range of activities for the whole family. It’s half term week and what better way to entertain the children.

“It really is many, many shows within a show.

“I have been involved in the Suffolk Show for many years and this year

does feel very, very special.”

Weatherquest forecaster Chris Bell said yesterday: “There is the chance for some light rain in the morning, but nothing compared to what we have seen already.

“Temperature wise, we are looking at 15 degrees (Celsius). There will be a blustery wind. Thursday should also be dry, there’s a small chance of a shower, but for the most part a dry day but rather cloudy and windy, with temperatures of 13/14C (55.4/57.2F).

Two years ago was a great example of how quickly the ground at Trinity Park recovers after a downpour. There was torrential rain for hours on the day before the show, into the small hours – but the gates were open at the normal time to welcome visitors.

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