Organisers of this year’s Ayr County Show have vowed to make it the biggest and best yet.

They say the traditional farming celebration - which is being held at the town’s famous racecourse on May 13 and was first staged in 1836 - will have something for everyone this year.

The event includes a vintage tractor and car display, live music, a children’s marquee, a tug of war competition.

Hundreds of animals of a wide variety of animal breeds including Clydesdale horses will be judged throughout the day with prizes of up to £1000.

More than 100 trade stands will be on display promoting the latest in farming technology and machinery.

There will also be a wide variety of food and drink on sale as part of the shows “farm to fork’ theme,

The Children’s Marquee will have alpacas, faceprinting, beekeeping and sheep shearing demonstrations, acrobats and funfair rides.

A show spokesperson said:”The Ayrshire Agricultual Association are committed to keeping this event going forward with a good range of attractions whilst not losing the true agricultural roots.

“We are delighted to welcome all visitors, but please be aware that the event takes place in fields so there may be some mud.

“Whatever the weather. Bring your jacket and a pair of wellington boots.

“We have a great range of stalls, many local, selling all manner of food, drink and snacks.

“So prepare to go home feeling full.”

Parking at the racecourse is £5 and disabled drivers can park for free providing they show their blue badge.

One highlight of the show this year is expected to be the Grand Parade of Livestock described by organisers as a “sight to behold.”

Gates open at 9am with the last event due to finish around 5pm.

Admission is free for children aged 15yrs and under accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be bought at the gate or online.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead at all times with owners cleaning up after them.