'Agriculture' means 'working the land'. It is important because it produces many of the things we need to survive: fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, wool and more.
Agricultural shows, often called royal or country shows, started as a way for farmers to share ideas and learn about new farming methods and equipment.
Shows encourage better quality animals and crops by awarding prizes for everything from the best sheep or wheat sample to the tastiest apple and the biggest pumpkin. Some types of early competitions still exist today and many are open to children.
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