Formed over 150 years ago, the Yeovil Agricultural Society held the annual Yeovil Show on the first Thursday in September at the Yeovil Showground (previously known as Barwick Park). The Show was a highlight of the year for many Yeovil residents and billed as 'the biggest one day agricultural show in the country'! Highlights included the parade of champions, classes for butter and cheese plus a prestigious dog show.
The Show continued for many years until the late 1960's. The reasons behind its demise are unclear but it is thought that two wet years combined with the arrival of the Bath & West Show at Shepton Mallet Showground meant the Yeovil Show Committee decided to throw their lot in with Bath & West and the Yeovil Show shut up shop.
Over the subsequent years the Yeovil Agricultural Society retained its ownership of the Yeovil Showground and hosted various events including the Yeovil Festival of Transport, Abbey Hill Steam Rally, Aldon Horse Trials, Lions Club Fireworks Display and the Wessex Truck Fest. In the mid-eighties the Mid Western Agricultural Society held five 'Yeovil Shows' at the Showground and enjoyed some great Shows with good competition entries.
The return of the Yeovil Show in 2016 meant that a number of the original trophies were dusted off presented to a new set of champions!