A traditional country show is set to make its annual return to Ongar following the theme ‘A Tour de France’.

Toot Hill Country Show, which is expected to attract around 2000 people, is organised by a small group of only four volunteers.

The popular event has ran continuously for 60 years and will feature live acts from ‘Team Kinetix’, a dynamic group made up of experts in Free Running, Acrobatics and Stage Combat as well as the Essex Farmers Pony Club who will perform in races and host ferret racing.

The show’s competition marquee will offer classes and competitions in vegetable growing, cake making, preserves, crafts and flowers.

The day will also offer a variety of stalls including a raffle organised by the Toot Hill Village Hall and a bar set up by the Kelvedon Hatch Rotary Club.

Organiser Maurice Harvey said: “It’s all about the weather, so we have our fingers crossed, the better the weather the better the number of entries, especially in our vegetable competition!

“We are feeling hopeful and are grateful to the local clubs and charities that will be opening stalls up on the day.”

The Toot Hill Country Show will take place at Bridge Farm, Stanford Rivers, Ongar, on Saturday August 2 at 12 noon.

Entry is £3 for adults and £1 per child.