THIS YEAR’S South Downs Show is looking bigger and better than ever, covering more space and with an added ‘dog zone.’

Held on the slopes of Butser Hill in Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the heart of the South Downs National Park, it is the brainchild of shepherd and sheep dog trainer Terena Plowright.

Terena, formerly of Petersfield, but now living in East Meon, said: “More than 50 volunteers from Petersfield and south of Butser, as well as from further way, are setting up this year’s show.

“Many of them are women and they love building the show, and proving they can do something like this.

“Based on last year, we are expecting anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people, and, thanks to our sponsors, Beaver Tool Hire, we have been able to add an extra area, which will hold dog shows and events.

“In the main arena, there will be events like falconry, terrier racing, and the dog and duck show.

“The number of trade stands has increased as well, and the activities outside the arena are amazing this year.

“They include ferret racing, donkey rides, face painting, an air rifle range, dry lake fishing, a climbing wall and lots more.

“I am really excited about this year’s show, it’s going to be fantastic.”

Five sections of police cadets from across Hampshire, including the Petersfield section, will be providing muscle in the arena, moving kit in and out for each display, as well as helping visitors with directions and any problems.

The show, on Saturday and Sunday, open from 10am to 5pm on both days, is now in its fifth year.

But as well as being a fun family day out, it has an underlying theme – the protection of the South Downs, and showing visitors about their importance.

Terena added: “When I started the show in 2013, I thought I might do it for three years, but, because it’s enjoyed so much and has an important message, I can’t imagine not doing it.

“The show at the foot of Butser Hill, one of the most iconic landmarks in the landscape, will run through the valley and showcase the different aspect of the beautiful landscape.

“It also focuses on providing a wider understanding on the importance of the South Downs.

“The small villages and towns surrounding the downs rely on them for many elements of human life – water, food, wood, tourism, transport, relaxation, dog walking and so much more.

“We really need to understand that if we do not respect what the downs provide for us, we are in danger of losing them as they are now.”

Tickets at the gate can only be bought with cash.

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