AFTER its enforced two-year absence, Emley Show is back on track for 2003.
Organisers are counting down to Saturday August 2 and looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to their Litherop Lane ground.
Foot and Mouth Disease forced the show's cancellation in 2001, while torrential downpours flooded the ground last year.
Emley show chairman Mike Hall is praying for sunshine in two weeks' time or at least no rain.
He was the person who had to make the 11th hour decision to cancel last year's extravaganza.
Organisers had set up the whole ground before the deluge.
Mr Hall said: "The show was actually in place. All the marquees were up and all the work had been done."
But when he arrived at the showground, he was faced with waterlogged fields.
"It was so clear-cut. When I was called down to the showground it was a very simple decision.
"The bottom part of the field was under a foot of water."
This year should be very different, he says: "The ground is in good condition."
Traders have been keen to book their spot at the show. All the stands will be filled.
"You are always worried after a break of two years people will forget about you," said Mr Hall.
But the pulling-power of the show has guaranteed much interest.
"Most of the people who come on the trade stands have always seen Emley as their favourite show," he said.
Now organisers just want as much support as possible from the public.
Past shows have attracted visitor numbers of up to 18,000. Figures of between 10,000 and 14,000 are expected next month.
Mr Hall said: "The priority this year was to get the show on and back on the map.
"We need to re-establish the show and get it back in peoples' consciousness."
There are still conditions to be met under Defra rules to prevent any recurrence of Foot and Mouth disease, but many who turn up with cloven-hooved livestock are prepared to face the six-day quarantine rule when they get back to their farms.
There will be an extensive horse show run over five rings and a cattle section as well as goats, children's and horticulture sections.
Honey and cookery, crafts and arts will be judged. A walking stick show will have 16 classes. Cavies, hamsters, caged birds, pigeons and poultry will also be on show.