Tips for Meeting People at Country Shows

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

A border collie jumping over an agilities trial fenceAs you may have guessed by now, we love a good country show; in fact we love them so much that we provide a list of them for our members.

As well as being a great day out, they can also be a great way to meet new people. So here are some tips for meeting people at country shows.

Arrange to meet there

Our ‘Who’s Going?’ page is the best place to find out who will be at your favourite event. If there’s anyone from the list who you would like to meet up with, send them a message and arrange to meet at the show. It’s also a good idea to add yourself to the list of people attending an event as it’s a fantastic ice-breaker if someone would like to get in touch with you.

Puppy power

Most country shows allow you to take dogs along; in fact a lot of country shows even have a dog show if you fancy entering your pet in a working dog category or even in the prettiest pooch category.

We asked for tips from country people on our social networking sites and Peter AKA @BeckfordHunter said: “Best way- go to the hound rings- no pretty girl can resist making conversation with a man with a beagles in his arms…”

We think he’s got a very good point there, it’s much more acceptable to go up to someone and tell them how cute their pets are than it is to tell a stranger that you think that they are cute.

Members only

Aimee from the Lincolnshire Show said that one of the best ways to meet people at a country show is to become a member as you will have access to exclusive member’s areas, where you will be able to chat to people away from the crowds.

Head to the stands

If you’re keen to get some new wellies or even a new riffle, head to your favourite stand and get chatting to people. There’s nothing like a first-hand review of something to help you make a decision about what to buy, so lend a hand to a baffled looking man or woman who can’t decide what to buy. It’s a great way to open up conversation, which could lead to other things.

Join a stand

If your local YFC has a stand at a country show, ask if you can help out. We know from experience that if you’re on a stand people will be more open about chatting to you or even flirting with you. Just make sure that you do actually help your group though as you might get in trouble if you’re only there to flirt with people.

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