This year, the 134th Lincolnshire Show will be celebrating and commemorating the end of World War 1 and RAF100. Visitors will be able to spot the theme throughout the Show with performances, displays and exciting activities all linked to the theme of RAF100.
With this in mind, we’ve been having a look at how different the Lincolnshire Show was 100 years ago compared to the current day.
The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society’s rich history first began in 1869. After the first show was held on the Cowpaddle in Lincoln in 1869, the next nine shows were held on the West Common, finally taking up residence on what we now know as the Lincolnshire Showground. Before the show settled on the Showground, it travelled to towns throughout Lincolnshire including Grimsby, Grantham, Boston, Louth and Spalding.
The Lincolnshire Show has been running for over 100 years and only stopped from 1915 – 1919 because of World War 1 and because of the spread of Foot and Mouth in 2001.
In the last show before World War 1, in 1914:
The next Show held after the war was in 1920 in Grimsby with a record attendance of 40,719.
In 1958 the LAS purchased 165 acres of land at a cost of £35,000, to hold the 76th Show in 1959. After much debate the site was deemed a perfect location with ample space for stands, a Members enclosure and stock entrances, warranting the entrance price to double to 10 shillings.
As one of the top county shows in the Country, the Show has developed over the years into a true celebration of rural Lincolnshire, with a mix of breath-taking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life – creating the perfect family day.
The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, so keep an eye out for announcements next year on how we’ll be celebrating at the 135th Lincolnshire Show!
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