In pictures: Staffordshire County Show through the years

It’s one of the oldest agricultural shows in the country and has been attracting visitors from across the UK for more than 200 years.

In pictures: Staffordshire County Show through the years

A variety of show stalls as visitors enjoy the sunshine

Now in it’s 216th year, Staffordshire County Show will see hundreds of agricultural and family activities hit the Showground near Stafford over two jam-packed days.

The show has changed significantly over the years since it was first launched back in 1800. And current chief executive Richard William spoke to the Express & Star of his fond memories he had of the show.

He said: “I remember in my first year there was camel racing.

“I’ve done a lot of horse racing but camel is very different. It was uneasy and very strange to get on. It stands up in stages on its rear legs then front legs and felt like a see-saw,” he laughed. “We’ve had Wild West ‘shoot-out’ shows where I’ve played a passenger in the classic school bus with goodies and baddies shooting each other.

“I take my happy memories from their reactions.” Ahead of the County Show, we’ve delved into the Express & Star archives to find a host of pictures taken by our photographers over the years. 

From little Rosalia Huxley sharing a cool ice cream with her mum Jean back in 1983 to 13-year-old Eva Simmons with her one-month-old lamb Jacob in 1992.

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