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1. a theatrical or other entertainment
2. a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding
3. stop the show Informal (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance



(in Russian, obozrenie), a variety or theater presentation that consists of separate scenes and variety, choreographic, instrumental, and vocal numbers. The elements of a show are united by a common theme.

Shows first appeared in the 1830’s in France under the name of revues and had a topical interest, but at the end of the 19th century the revue was transformed into a simple entertainment vehicle. In the Soviet theater and the theater of socialist countries, such as Poland and Rumania, shows are comic and satiric presentations. They are part of the repertoire of variety theaters, music halls, and theaters of miniature genres, such as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniature Genres.

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17-18: LAMMA agricultural trade show, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE, 7.
The showground is at Ivy Farm, Farnley Tyas, which is around two miles from Honley Village.
The Royal Welsh Showground is fast becoming one of the bestconnected rural event sites in Wales and we are very pleased that these latest improvements has ensured that we not only have superfast broadband, but now also have 4G phone signal onsite all year round.
It will then continue on December 5 and 6 at the Adelaide Showground, and will conclude on December 6 and 7 at the Melbourne Showgrounds and Brisbane Showgrounds.
Third and last day, 10am-5pm, of the Staffordshire Showground Fair by Bowman Antique Fairs (01274 588505).
Show director Harry Fetherstonhaugh said: "The plane was due to fly over the showground at 250ft but the pilot said he wanted to come down to 100ft.
That was not easy to do with the Herdsman's in the middle of the showground.
The Showground circuit does carry a significant home advantage, but recent signing Edward Kennett scored a maximum there last season and Rory Schlein guested successfully for the Panthers in their relegation race-off win over Wolverhampton.
A planned 120m [pounds sterling] redevelopment would see Somerset become the first energy self-sufficient showground in the UK.
One stage of that process, which will have been taken with expert advice, can be seen from Companies House documents, which reveal that Holmes's son Jonathan resigned as a director of Essex County Showground Group Ltd on January 1, leaving Holmes senior as the sole publicly recorded director.
There's also a new 3km Family Fun Run on a safe, off-road course at the showground.
The 1,716m2 centre will be situated on the south side of the 250-acre showground and will consist of a farm shop with an 80-seater cafe and office space.