An Agricultural Show is a public event and is synonymous with the term state and county fairs. Agricultural shows exhibit all things pertaining to agriculture including equipment, animals, sports, and recreation. Livestock entered into the show is judged for various merits with ribbons being awarded. Competitions are held as well as trading of equipment and breeding stock.
Agricultural shows are an intricate part of life in small country towns or other farming communities. The shows can last anywhere from two days to a week. Royal Shows may last for two weeks with an amusement park included in the festivities.
Events at the agricultural show will depend on the type of agriculture typical to the area. Events include but are not limited to horse racing, show jumping, wood chopping, demolition derby and rodeo. Competitions take place in areas such as cooking, photography, arts and crafts, sheaf tossing, and frying pan toss, etc.
The exhibits include but are not limited to jams and preserves, vegetables, flowers, and wreath making. Livestock that may be exhibited include cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, and horses. Chickens, geese, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, and pigeons may also be on exhibit.
Agricultural shows take place all over the globe with the world’s biggest held in Denver, Colorado at the National Western Stock Show.
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