Ahead of this month’s Lincolnshire Show, which is set to take place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June, ten-year-old Farmer Joe has been revealed as one of the latest exhibitors to join the exciting roster.
Joe Trofer-Cook, who is the youngest exhibitor the show has seen since its launch 137 years ago, will be bringing his own lambs, including his ewe named Butterbean. Joe will be sharing his knowledge of animals as well as providing some top farming tips.
Farmer Joe has been attending the Show as a visitor since he could walk. From learning his colours from the paintwork on tractors to spending lots of time outside with his grandad and animals, Farmer Joe has always had a passion for farming.
Clare Trofer, Farmer Joe’s mother said: “Joe is extremely excited to exhibit his farming passion at the show this year. Since Joe was little, he has always loved the outdoors, spending time with his animals, and growing vegetables. While at school Joe struggled, which led to his diagnoses of autism, dyslexia and memory processing problems. However, Joe found happiness in the outdoors and especially in his animals.
“Since the pandemic, Joe’s interest in farming has only grown. With schools being closed during lockdown, it meant Joe could spend as much time outdoors as he liked. He started growing and selling his own vegetables, which eventually funded his three ewes. As time went on, Joe paid for his own sheep trailer and has now surpassed 30 sheep.”
This year’s Lincolnshire Show marks the first event since 2019, and will feature a variety of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture, agriculture and more.
Jayne Southall, CEO of Lincolnshire Showground, said: “The Lincolnshire Show is all about displaying talent and encouraging future generations to take an interest in agriculture – just like Farmer Joe has. We’re thrilled to have Farmer Joe here for his first year exhibiting and look forward to listening to his expertise on farming.”
Farmer Joe added: “I’m looking forward to the show and my advice to anyone who wants to be a young farmer, is to follow your dreams. Although we know some very nice farmers who help me, my mum and dad are not farmers, so I had to learn as I went along. Everyone must start from somewhere and I’m very lucky to have help.”
As well as Farmer Joe, the Main Ring’s big new attraction for 2022 will be the Atkinson Action Horses. Often featured in major TV and film productions, the super talented steeds and riders will treat visitors to high-energy performances on both days. Meanwhile, the ever-popular showjumping and BMX displays will return alongside the Parade of Hounds and the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Band, who will also lead the closing ceremony.
The return of the RAF Falcons has also been announced. Having first performed at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show, the popular parachute display team will be back to mesmerise crowds with their daring maneuvers through the sky and down into the Main Ring on both days.
The Lincolnshire Kitchen will also be returning with live cookery demonstrations from local chefs including, Masala Masters Ruchita Green, Indian Curry Pot’s Dr Arya Madhavan, Lincolnshire Cookery School’s Fiona Lucas, along with Rachel Green, Steven Bennett, Dominic Franks, and Neil Curtis. Meanwhile, more traditional attractions will be on display too, including the iconic tractor parade in the Krantz Main Ring, livestock and equine classes and the opportunity to get up close and personal with farming machinery from the past and present.
Advanced tickets are £22 for adults, £7 for five to 16-year olds, and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £55 (Booking fees apply). Car parking is free on both days.
The Lincolnshire Show is organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, a registered charity that aims to educate about food, farming and the countryside. To purchase your tickets for the Lincolnshire Show please visit www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk