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Rise and shine for the 111th Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show!

When is it? On Wednesday 28 November 2017

Rutland traditionsWhat is the history of Uppingham Fatstock Show? 

This is a unique event, and – so Andrew Leech of local auctioneers & chartered surveyors Richardson tells me – has been cancelled only by the intervention of war and two national ‘foot and mouth’ outbreaks.  It’s unique in being the only event of its kind still held in the market square of a town, in temporary pens.

Uppingham’s weekly fatstock market sadly ended in 1954, but the annual Fatstock Show carried on and is one of the most prestigious events in the town’s calendar. There is much farming pride, competitive spirit and gossip, as well as the classes for cattle, sheep and pigs.

The Market Square may be used as a car park on six days a week (except Fridays which is market day), but is cleared for the Fatstock Show when dozens of temporary pens are set up ready for the animals. The freshly bathed and brushed beasts arrive from 7am and judging takes place at about 10am.

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What happens at Uppingham Fatstock Show?

Sheep and pigs predominate in terms of entries, and after they’ve been judged and prizes awarded, they’re all offered for sale. That’s a lot of wool, legs of lamb, pork chops and streaky bacon… not to mention a lot of muck, no doubt (wear your wellies).

New for 2017 is a Native Breed Cattle Class, whcih invites entries sired only by a pure bred bull currently on the list of the Rare Breed Survival Trust. But don’t go along hoping to buy a prize Lincoln Red: the cattle are allowed to return home afterwards.

The entire show is cleared by the end of the day: no mean feat and a credit to the Fatstock Show team (who also donate and erect the lovely Christmas tree that is the centrepiece of Uppingham’s Christmas lights each year).

So set the alarm early on Wednesday 28 November 2017, and come on down to the Show: it’s the start of Christmas in Uppingham!


Rutland England farming life  agricultural shows in England  rare breed cattle at Rutland Fatstock Show


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