Meet some of the 500 traders at the 139th Lincolnshire Show

The Lincolnshire Show is the largest event on the county’s calendar and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Based at the Lincolnshire Showground, the event is in its 139th year and is one of the most successful agricultural shows in the UK.

The show, which will be attended by around 60,000 people this year, is organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS). All profits go towards supporting educational work, which helps more than 15,000 local school children each year.

From local craftspeople to the county’s largest companies, as well as a range of charities and the emergency services, more than 500 exhibitors are at this year’s show. One of these is Rachel Barrington, owner of The March Hare, which sells handcrafted pictures and is based near Grantham.

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Rachel’s products come in more than 30 different designs made using natural materials such as beech leaves, wool, straw, reindeer moss and reed grass. Speaking at the Lincolnshire Show on the first day, she said: “I’m from Louth originally so I’m Lincolnshire born and bred.

“The pictures are unique and all made with natural materials so it’s recycling nature really. Some of it I forage, some of it I buy and some I get given. I chose the name The March Hare because I’m a bit mad and the idea is a bit crazy.”

It is Rachel’s third time at the show and she was pleased to point out that she’d just sold a product to the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis. Rachel added: “Even if people don’t buy, they do tend to love my pictures because they’ve never seen anything like it before. They are a talking point and people love to chat about them.”

Leon Moreton (left) owner of Wood Furniture Store & Interiors
Leon Moreton (left) owner of Wood Furniture Store & Interiors

Another trader at the show, Leon Moreton, was attracting many people to his stall who were particularly interested in a giant horse statue. Leon, who was at the Lincolnshire Show for the first time, owns Wood Furniture Store & Interiors based in Scunthorpe.

They sell a variety of wood furniture including a range of unusual pieces. Leon said: “There’s a lot of interest in the horse. A lot of our stuff is imported and some things are virtually antiques. Most are handmade.

“We’re directing our sales online now and some of the items we’re selling here are a bit too delicate to be shipped by logistics companies.”

Oliver Salter, owner of Peter Scott Shoes
Oliver Salter, owner of Peter Scott Shoes

Oliver Salter, owner of Peter Scott Shoes, was also at the Lincolnshire Show. His shop in Woodhall Spa is known as ‘Britain’s smallest shoe shop’ and attracts many customers because it’s so tiny.

He said: “This is our third year at the show. The shoe shop is only as big as it is and we don’t want to change it so we’ve come on the road. This stall is like twice the size of it. It’s more advertising than anything.

“People will come in and ask where we’re based and find out they only live down the road so it’s good to get the name out there.”

Hundreds of other traders and exhibitors were dotted around the showground including local favourites like Red House Farm and Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese. Agricultural machinery dealer Peacock & Binnington, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, was also in attendance and has been exhibiting at almost every Lincolnshire Show since it was founded.

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