This year’s Chipping Agricultural Show promises to be another great day out for all the family.
Chipping Show, which this year takes place on Saturday, August 23rd, is renowned as one of the best agricultural shows in the area with a variety of livestock classes including cattle, sheep, Shetland, Shire and light horses, plus poultry and pigeons.
Some of the most popular attractions are the exhibits in the cookery and handicrafts section.
There are lots of children’s classes including handwriting, photography and craft, plus classes for members of Young Farmer’s Clubs in the Lancashire Federation. The horticulture marquee hosts competitions for vegetables and flowers including children’s classes for heaviest and best quality potatoes.
The highlight in the main ring this year will be “The Sheep Show”. This popular attraction, which always pulls a good audience at the Great Yorkshire Show, is coming to Chipping for the first time. The show is entertaining and educational for all ages explaining the background to the breeds on display. There is a sheep shearing display and the show culminates with the sheep dancing to their favourite tunes. Livestock judging will take place in the ring during the morning followed by the open Dog Show at 1 pm (entries will be taken on the day). There will also be children’s races, junior shepherd and junior stockman competitions, tug of war, tradesman’s turnout, egg catching and lawnmower racing. The Fell Race organised by Preston Harriers will also start and finish in the main ring.
Chipping Show is renowned for its cheese section, which attracts entries from top dairies from all over the country. Judging will again be carried out on Friday afternoon this year so that the cheese marquee will be open to the public all day on Saturday.
Show secretary Mr Paul Hunt is promising a memorable day with lots to do and see for everyone who attends. He said: “There will be lots of trade stands, catering outlets, a licensed bar and luncheon tent. The popular craft marquee and local producers’ marquee showcase the best of the region’s food and arts/crafts. With a Punch and Judy show in attendance to entertain the children, a baby show and a display of vintage machines, there really is something for all ages to enjoy at Chipping Show.
“Judging of livestock classes begins at 9-30 am and the first performance of The Sheep Show is scheduled for 12-15 pm. There is a packed main ring schedule that concludes with egg catching at around 5-15 pm. Admission is £8 for adults, £2 for children. Follow signs from Longridge and Clitheroe (postcode PR3 2QB), car parking is free. Come along and have a great day out.”
Lora Margerison, Catherine Davies and Barbara Davies from Longridge Belmont Farm at last year’s Chipping Show.