For the fourth year running the Winslow Christmas Primestock Show is returning to The Market Square Winslow and this will all take place on Monday, 4th December 2017.
There is only one other show of this kind which is held in the centre of town and that is Uppingham, in Leicestershire and it was this show that gave the organisers of the Winslow Show the incentive and hope that arrangements could be made to make it happen in Winslow!.
When Winslow Cattle Market closed, the Annual Christmas Prime Stock show was held in the nearby Foscote and run by Thame Farmers Market. But when Foscote ceased trading regularly the Winslow Show organisers felt strongly that it should remain in Bucks and if at all possible in Winslow and it was then that permission was sought and licenses obtained to bring the cattle and sheep to The Market Square in Winslow.
Local farmers bring their prime stock of cattle and sheep for firstly competing in various classes to see what animals are the best in show and then selling them, by auction, for hopefully a good price.
The Market Square closes at 2pm on Sunday 3rd December to allow organisers time to set up the show site and animals start to arrive from 7am on Monday 4th December. Judging of the animals starts at 10.30 a.m. with the auction at 12 midday.
The invited Auctioneers for the day come down all the way from Newark to officiate proceedings and they have been good supporters of the show since returning to Winslow three years ago.
Winslow shop keepers and traders all welcome the extra visitors to Winslow on show day and although busy and lots going on, disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum with parking for livestock vehicles being arranged outside town.
On the evening of show, the Winslow Christmas Primestock show dinner is held at The Bell in Winslow, where all prize winners are awarded with their trophies and a charity raffle and auction is arranged.
To allow a successful show to be organised local sponsors are sought to support the show to fund prize money and costs of putting on the show but as well as being an annual event where farmers show and sell their prime stock, the organisers are keen to support worthwhile charities and over recent years, through raffles and auctions held, have supported The Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Medical Detection Dogs, Motor Neurone Society , Cancer Care & Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, R.A.B.I. and Farming Community Network (FCN)
The chosen charities for this years show are The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and R.A.B.I. Also during the morning of the show R.A.B.I. (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) will be selling Christmas Cards to raise funds for their cause and donated mulled wine and mince pies will be distributed around the Market Square and all donations from this will go to Winslow & Villages First Responders.
Why not pop along to Winslow Market Square today to see what’s going on and experience a bit of local history…