Although the first official show of the Thame Agricultural Association was held in October 1888, the origins started over thirty years before that date.
During October of 1855, Mr D Prowting, a representative of Messrs. Howard’s, Ploughmakers, met with Mr Joseph Dodwell and Mr A R Howland, both of Thame, with a view to holding a Ploughing Match. Agreement was reached and Mr T Smith of Brill and Mr J T Shrimpton of Thame were made Honorary Secretaries.
On Thursday 25th October 1855 the first Ploughing Match of Thame took place. This event was a huge success with twenty-six teams competing for eight prizes. For some eight years preceding this event, Thame had held a Horticultural Society Show. Following the success of the Ploughing Match, it was agreed that these two events should be combined.
In 1855 Thame Agricultural and Horticultural Society was formed. This later became Thame Agricultural Association and the show, Thame Show.
Thame Show has come on in leaps and bounds from the initial shows with classes now being held for Cattle, Sheep, Dogs, Domestic Produce, Horses etc, and of course plenty of entertainment for the family.
This year / In 2011 Thame Agricultural Association were pleased to announce that Thame Show has been granted county status.
An Oxfordshire Show was held on Kidlington Airfield up until 1977. When the Oxfordshire Agricultural Society was officially wound up the Oxfordshire Agricultural Society Trust was formed. This trust is still active today in the Agricultural Industry, providing grants and scholarships towards research and training within the industry.
With Oxfordshire County Councils and Oxfordshire Agricultural Society Trusts kind permission we have incorporated this name into Thame Show and the show is now called The Thame and Oxfordshire County Show.
Thame Show will still aim to provide the same quality of show with the same traditions as it has done for the past 133 years. This new name gives Thame Show the recognition it so richly deserves and will hopefully see it prospering for the next 133 years and beyond.
2006 saw another change for the Association. It was agreed at the Annual General meeting that the name of the show would see another slight change to make full use of the County Status and attract a wider base of visitors and supporters. The show has therefore been re-named to The Oxfordshire County & Thame Show.