Agricultural show tickets now available

Family fun at last year's Hodder Valley Show. Photo by David McNamee. (s)
Family fun at last year's Hodder Valley Show. Photo by David McNamee. (s)
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Show tickets are now available for a historic Ribble Valley agricultural show which is celebrating its 71st year.

Entrance tickets to the Hodder Valley Show, which is taking place on Saturday September 12th at Blue Butts Farm, Slaidburn, can be bought on-line at a reduced rate and to save queues on the day.

The show prides itself on being a traditional agricultural and horticultural show and a perfect family day out, with something for everyone to enjoy. Every year it is visited by upwards of 3,000 people, experiencing a slice of rural life.

The show, which can trace its history back to 1864, is unique in the fact that it is hosted by the farmers and landowners of Dunsop Bridge, Newton-in-Bowland and Slaidburn in turn, no two years are the same.

The Agriculture Section is a vibrant show case for native and continental breeds, with more than 95 cattle and 345 sheep exhibited – more than 80 sheep are entered into the YFC Sheep Classes alone. Prior to show day, local showmen train young handlers at workshops culminating in the main ring final. There is also a well-supported Silver Spoon Heavy Horse Section.

The sheep shearing involves local young shearers competing with entertaining commentary about the skills required. The audience is also invited to power the shears by pedalling a bike. The Sheep Dog Trials are another popular part of the show prove with the dogs and handlers never failing to impress.

In the horticulture tent local gardeners, bakers, school children and floral artists excel with their vast array of exhibits, while the craft and food halls are bursting with locally produced and reared food and gifts.

Main ring delights educate and entertain with the Inch Perfect Motorbike Display, Shaun Raywood Dog Display Team, Pets Parade and Dog Show, Vintage Tractors and the Grand Parade. Musical interludes are provided by the Slaidburn Silver Band. The traditional finale encourages exhibitors and visitors of all ages to join the egg catching competition.

All of this is pulled together by the show committee, a non-profit making charity, of enthusiastic, hard-working farmers and friends, who aim to provide visitors with an insight into how the Hodder Valley community works, coupled with a day out to remember.

For further details about the show visit: www.hoddervalleyshow.co.uk.