Blessed with excellent sunny weather over the Bank Holiday weekend, this year’s 123rd Hertfordshire County Show proved to be the biggest and best on record, and deservedly attracted over 38,000 visitors at the weekend.

Under the Show theme of ‘Beat the Credit Crunch’, and join in the ‘Celebration of the    best of Hertfordshire’, the new additions this year of the Hertfordshire County Council Marquee, the 100 Army Regiment, and the Herts Air Ambulance enjoyed many thousands of visitors. 

The innovative Hertfordshire Primary Schools ‘Green Farm’ in a Shoebox competition attracted high number of quality entries from across the County. The winners were: Age 3 to 6 years - Nika Jackson Moore, Age 7 to 9 years – Grace Florn (both from Westfield First School Berkhamsted), and 9 to 11 years Jessica Pattison Blaine, from St Helens Church of England School, Wheathampstead.    

One of the many highlights over the weekend included the Show tribute to the Hertfordshire Womens Land Army Girls and Timber Corps. Following a unique Grand Ring by Hertfordshire Farmers supported by Young Farmers, the sight of 4 original Land Army Girls hitching a lift on a Horse and Cart and paraded around the Ring   will be long remembered by the packed audience. Following the display, 65 Land Army Girls enjoyed afternoon tea hosted by Caroline Tapster the Show President  

This year’s President, Caroline Tapster, hosted a lunch for 100 invited guests on Saturday, and fully endorsed the on-going Show ‘Proud’ to Promote Hertfordshire strategy.  Caroline congratulated the Show on the creative and progressive education programme for Hertfordshire Primary School children.

Show Secretary Mike Harman commented: ‘What an absolutely fantastic weekend. Assisted by the kind weather, over 38,000 visitors came to the Show. The immediate feedback has been positive and complimentary from both visitors and trade exhibitors regarding the on-going improvements to both the Show entertainment programme, and the Showground infrastructure. We are particularly delighted that yet again our Family ticket sales hit a new record, a clear signal that our unique package of attractions and demonstrations combined with FREE Children’s entertainment policy, is both appreciated and valued by our visitors. In summary, we do hope our ‘Beat the Credit Crunch’ strategy of offering a great Value for Money day out encouraged both the new and our regular supporters to celebrate our wonderful County’.