'The New Forest & Hampshire County Show is delighted to become a Corporate Friend of Hampshire Fare and sees it as the start of a long lasting relationship.
One of our main objectives is to help the local economy and become part of the community and I see this as a major stepping stone in achieving this.
The success of Hampshire Fare is imperative in helping local farmers and producers and we will be doing our utmost to make sure they achieve this.'
Denis Dooley, Show Secretary
The New Forest Agricultural Show Society was founded in 1920 and the first New Forest Show was held in 1921 as a small one day local event at Bartley Cross. The show charged an entrance fee of 2 shillings and 4 pence and earned £464, which included £59 from entry fees, £137 from subscriptions, £26 from hire of stands, £157 from gate receipts, £13 from the sale of vegetables and £6 from the guessing competition! With the judging of cattle, pigs, goats, poultry, rabbits and vegetables preceding parade of cattle, horses and ponies and the day always ended with musical stalls and dancing.
In the decades that have followed the Show has grown considerably into the highlight of Hampshire's social calendar and into an event in which all those involved are extremely proud. The Show continues to grow from strength to strength and we are assisted in the running on the Show by around 330 volunteers who give their time freely to support and promote our event, without their invaluable assistance the Show would not be the success that it is today.
Nowadays The New Forest & Hampshire County Show is an annual three day agricultural Show held at the end of July, attracting around 95,000 visitors over the duration. Show jumping is a major feature with international classes held throughout the three days. A full range of equestrian classes also feature, as well as livestock competitions including pigs, cattle and sheep, plus a poultry section, rabbits, cage birds, and honey bees.
The Show is rated amongst the top ten agricultural Shows in the country and the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 2012 boosted the profile of the Show to its highest level yet. The Society is now rapidly moving forward with many exciting opportunities and we are sure that this will add an even more powerful and dominant aspect to the New Forest & Hampshire County Show.
The Society is run by a Charity (the New Forest Agricultural Show Society, Charity number 1004255) and is very conscious that it continues to build on its remit of 'the holding of an annual Show to promote and encourage the development of agriculture, forestry, equestrianism and horticulture and encourage the improvement in the breeding of stock'.
The New Forest & Hampshire County Show helps raise funds to support the New Forest Agricultural Show Society and other local and national charitable organisations. The New Forest Agricultural Show Society is a private company limited by guarantee.
The 2014 New Forest & Hampshire County Show runs 29th - 31st July.