MINIATURE Shetland pony Mr Fuddles will delight his fans when he trots out to highlight the up-coming Oxfordshire Young Farmers County Show and Rally.

The pint-sized pony, and star of his own Facebook and Instagram pages, will make a special appearance under the clock tower of Witney’s Woolgate Shopping Centre on Saturday. 

Shoppers will have the opportunity to find out more about the young farmers’ main event of the year.

Planning for the 2018 Oxfordshire Young Farmers County Show and Rally is well underway.

This year’s annual showcase of farming and rural skills comes to Ducklington in West Oxfordshire with a day of live entertainment, displays, competitions and crafts for the whole family.

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the bank holiday weekend event on Saturday, May 26, organised by Witney Young Farmers Club.

It promises plenty of fun with main arena events of sheep dog trials, terrier racing, Suffolk Punch heavy horse display and a daring demonstration of motorcycle skills and stunts.

There will be craft, trade and food stalls, with local farmers’ markets, and a countryside area with livestock. Visitors will be able to take part in activities including clay pigeon shooting and a climbing wall, and learn about aspects of farming life with a ‘live’ chick hatching area and how to milk a cow.

For those who like big machines, a fascinating display of the very latest agricultural machinery will showcase today’s farming in action, as well as a nostalgic look at tractors and farm vehicles of yesteryear with a parade of vintage machinery.