FINAL preparations are being put together for the 63rd Ipstones Agricultural Show which takes place on Saturday August 31.
The day, which is expected to attract a few thousand visitors, will begin with a gymkhana at 9am. The event will be held at its normal venue on the recreation ground off Church Lane.
Heavy horses, cattle, sheep and goats will again feature prominently at the show and judging of the animals will commence at 10am.
The official opening will take place at 1pm by Mr Humphrey Scott-Moncrieff.
This will be followed by the crowning of the new Ipstones Agricultural Queen Miss Lydia Cartwright.
The main ring attraction this year will be the Kangaroos Gymnastic Display Team.
The Kangaroos are recognised as one of the leading Gymnastic Display teams in Europe, and one of the top indoor and outdoor arena acts of any kind in Britain.
The level of performance is now so high that at least six members perform double somersaults over a car, and perform an Olympic vault simultaneously over a six foot vaulting table, and several perform triple somersaults at the end of the incredible ‘Big Move’, the longest and highest continuous vaulting move.
The show committee have added two new events to this year's show.
There will be a poultry display which is being organised by The Henmore Poultry Club.
Also new and complementing this year's event will be a Fashion Show by Outlet 70 of Leek, which will be held in the Memorial Hall. Four cat walk show times are planned at 11.45am; 12.15pm; 2.45pm and 3.15pm.
Other events include dancing by Ipstones schoolchildren; horticultural section, craft tent, fun slide, classic cars, dog show, punch and Judy show, vintage tractors and machinery.
There will also be many trade stands, side stalls, licensed bar and caterers will also be in attendance.
Chairman of the show committee, Graham Watkins, said: "Everything is going well with the organisation of the show. There are a lot of livestock and also many classic cars entries this year. Also the heavy horse entries are going very well.
"This year we will introduce two new items which are the poultry club marquee and a fashion show in the Memorial Hall.
"We also have an excellent main act in the arena with the Kangaroos Gymnastic Display Team."
Admission to the show is £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens, £2 for children with under fives free.
For any further information on the show visit the website at www.ipstonesshow.co.uk