Rotherham Olympian says: “It’s Showtime!”
Published Monday 3rd September 12
The wait is over, the largest free show in the north of England returns this weekend to the beautiful Clifton Park for all the fun, excitement, sight, sounds and thrills of the Rotherham Show.
The show, which is organised by Rotherham Borough Council's Marketing and Events team, will include favourites such as the Vintage Vehicle Rally, Horticultural Show, the Main Arena and the Rotherham One Town, One Community Festival.
Helping the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Dave Pickering, to officially open the show this year is local Olympic hero Joe Roebuck. Swim star Joe, who competed in the 200 metres Butterfly in London this year, will be welcoming an estimated 70,000 people to the showground over the two days.
The always-popular Vintage Vehicle Rally, which this year will include over 100 cars as well as a wealth of two-wheeled wonders, will give visitors a close look at vehicles ranging from a 1935 Austin 10 Colwyn Cabriolet to1982 Mercedes Benz and for lovers of two-wheeled transport, a classic 1967 BSA Barracuda Motorcycle.
The Vintage Vehicles tour of the borough will once again be bringing automotive dreams to Rotherham as the crowd-puller tours the town, with the Mayor's car, ET1, leading the parade.
The rally, which will include all vehicles exhibiting on Sunday, will be starting at Drummond Street car park at 10.30am travelling down Fitzwilliam Rd to Mushroom roundabout staying then onto Park Lane, past the Cenotaph onto Vale Road, left onto Hollings Lane then into Flanderwell Lane.
From there onto Fleming Way, then Bawtry Road travelling towards Worrygoose roundabout, Herringthorpe Valley Road and Ridgeway passing the crematorium. From there, Hounsfield Road, right onto Creswick Road, left onto Brecks Lane/Dalton Lane and straight over Mushroom Roundabout towards St Ann's roundabout carry straight on Clifton Lane turning into Clifton Park at the museum entrance.
The Main Arena, hosted by Rother FM, will once again bring a wealth of action to the showground, including daredevil capers with the Stannage International Stunt Team, the ever popular Rockwood Dog Display Team and the wacky world of mascot racing.
It will be music to the ears all weekend, with Saturday's Folk Festival bringing together some of the finest talent on the international, national and local scene including Spoil the Dance, Sunjay Brayne and a welcome return for Flossie Malavaille.
Sunday's treat will be a day of Jazz which will kick off with The Colin Yates Big Band, followed by Wendy Kirkland Trio and closed with the UK's top Jive and Swing Band, and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists The Jive Aces.
For those who prefer the sound of the classic brass bands, Dinnington Colliery, Rotherham Town, Maltby Miners' Welfare and Thurcroft Welfare will be playing on the Bandstand between 12 noon and 3.45pm.
There is also all the fun of the fair to be had, as well as fierce competition at the Horticultural Show, which will be welcoming hundreds of people as they enter their home-grown wonders, as well as their craft masterpieces, to compete for trophies and to show off the best the borough has to offer.
In the Rotherham One Town, One Community Festival, there will be something taking place around every corner, including crafts, arts, workshops and live performances.
Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence, the headline band on Sunday is Ossie Gad, supported by talented local performers Papa Legbas.
Young people from Herringthorpe and Rawmarsh will be performing music and dance and disabled young people in the Elephant's In-Step Club will be performing with song, dance and enactments of First Nation Tales.
Many performers are also sharing their skills in open workshops for the public to try, including the ever popular Intershape leading dance, Zumba workshops and Wah Hong sharing Chinese paper craft skills.
There will be creative workshops led by artists of Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance and artist Jennifer Booth will also be working on a Rotherham Urban Piano project, where young volunteers and visitors will be able to help her customise a piano with decorative birds and messages.
On Saturday Rotherfed will offer games and activities and Arimas Arts will have work on display.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Roger Stone, said: "By any stretch of the imagination 2012 has been an outstanding year when it comes to public events.
"In a year that has seen Jubilee celebrations and Olympic glory we have found opportunities to shine. We rise to occasions and celebrate all that is good in this wonderful town.
"If there is one event that I know really does underline the very best spirit of our town it is the Rotherham Show. After all what are we proud of in Rotherham? There's the town of course, there's the heritage but more than that there are the people.
"This wonderful event is a glorious opportunity for families to come together to celebrate the exceptional, the inspirational and, let's be honest, the sometimes quirky people that make Rotherham such a unique place to live.
"There are literally hundreds of things to see and do at the show. There's great food, tremendous entertainment and a wide range of activities in the best setting in the borough - Clifton Park, so, please come along and enjoy yourselves."