Lincolnshire Show 2020 goes online during COVID-19
Organisers of the Lincolnshire Show have announced this year’s event will now be going digital.
The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional show earlier this year, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but now promises to make the 136th show go ahead in a way that the Lincolnshire Showground has never done before.
Taking place on June 24, the same date the event was originally planned to be held, the Lincolnshire Show Online will include educational and agricultural content, cookery demonstrations, entertainment, online shopping, exhibitors and much more.
Jayne Southall, CEO of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society at the Lincolnshire Showground, said: “Although we were absolutely devastated to cancel the traditional Lincolnshire Show this year, we are so excited to launch the Lincolnshire Show Online and venture into the virtual world, a first for the Lincolnshire Show. We have been busy behind the scenes planning for a while now, and we can’t wait to reveal more over the coming weeks.”
The annual show, which has been running for 135 years and welcomes more than 60,000 visitors, 6,000 students and 600 trade stands each year, has only had to cancel a handful of times in the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society’s 150-year history – during both World Wars and the more recent foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.
Jayne added: “The Lincolnshire Show has always provided the opportunity for the Lincolnshire community and farming world to come together in one place. We hope to continue celebrating the heritage of Lincolnshire and showcase the best the county has to offer, despite these difficult times we are all currently facing. We would like to invite everyone to be part of our Lincolnshire Show online community, from exhibitors, sponsors and trade stands to farmers, foodies and families – we want to create something that everyone can get involved in and can access.
“As a non-profit making charitable organisation, the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society is passionate about promoting and supporting education, food and farming within the local Lincolnshire community through all of our events and the Lincolnshire Show Online will be no different.”
The Lincolnshire Showground team is partnering with local businesses, sponsors and suppliers, including CityX, Gusto Homes, Cartwright Communications, TRS Design and Woldmarsh Producers Ltd to help bring the Lincolnshire Show Online to life.
With more features and partners still to be announced, the online show will recognise the best of rural Lincolnshire with an eclectic mix of entertainment, food, shopping and agriculture.
Updates and all the latest news about this year's show can be found at: www.lincolnshireshowonline.co.uk