Market Bosworth Country Show will not Continue
Shortly after the 129th Market Bosworth Country Show the members of the Market Bosworth Agricultural, Horticultural and Equestrian Society met to consider the future of the Show. With much regret they decided that the Society could not continue to run the Show in future.
Reasons for the decision include:
- the volume of work required to put on such a Show ranging from dealing with the bureaucracy to the physical effort needed in the days prior to and after the event
- the cost of holding the Show in comparison to the surplus raised for charity (approx £35,000 to generate £3-4,000)
- changes in the agricultural and equestrian worlds whereby specialist events are becoming more popular with competitors, trade stands and the public
- as people have access to so many forms of entertainment nowadays the local show is no longer on their calendar let alone the highlight of the summer.
Unfortunately this year the beautiful weather was a little too beautiful as it deterred some from attending but those that did had a wonderful time. Entries in the flower tent were at an all time high, a fantastic number of heavy horses were on show, there was great enthusiasm for the new Shetland classes, beautiful side saddle classes, and the Pony Club had brought back show jumping this year. With great entertainment and activities around the showground we can be proud of the show our small committee and faithful group of volunteers put on.
Over the last 30 years the Society has donated over £100,000 to a variety of local charities including LOROS,Police Benevolent Fund, Red Cross, Hinckley Round Table, Market Bosworth RFC, Market Bosworth Young Farmers, Rainbows Children’s Hospice, County Air Ambulance, Market Bosworth Scout Group, Help For Heroes and Mencap Lutterworth Gateway Club
The committee and members are unanimous that the Society should continue and it has been decided that it will provide a charitable event(s) in order to continue these donations. Further information will be released later in the year.
A massive thank you must go to Mr & Mrs Dawkins and Mr & Mrs Sloane for the use of their land and to all the sponsors, competitors, visitors, exhibitors, members and those who have donated their time, help and money towards the show.