Chipping Show 2011 hailed one of best yet

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THE 84th CHIPPING Agricultural and Horticultural Show has been hailed a huge success despite a torrential downpour at the start of the day.

The cloudburst came just as many were setting up stands and sections were preparing to open for judging, and while it left conditions muddy underfoot, the one-day village show attracted a 6,000-strong crowd.

Visitors, exhibitors and judges flocked from as far away as Scotland and Wales, Devon and Somerset. The sun peeked out from time to time and nobody was more delighted with the outcome of the show than president Margaret Rich and chairman Len Rogerson.

“I think it has been a very good show and we have had a good gate by the sound of it. It has probably been one of the best shows for a while. There have been lots of good exhibits and good tents and we have had more trade stands than ever,” said Mrs Rich.

From sticky toffee flavoured cheese to Lancashire’s best; from lawnmower racing to egg catching; from dog to baby shows; from the traditional show lunch to a brew and cake courtesy of Chipping Congregational Church; from fell race to fiercely fought tug-of-war won by Longridge Young Farmers’ Club, there was something for everyone.

Be it gaining financial or mole control advice, enjoying bouncy castles to axemen’s displays, browsing craft and farmers’ market marquees and learning more about what the area has to offer through the many trade stands, there was barely enough time to “do it all”.

But at the heart of every good agricultural and horticultural show are the animals and WI and horticultural marquees. And there was no shortage in numbers and quality of sheep, cattle, light horses, Shetland ponies, poultry and pigeons, vegetables, flowers, cakes, handicrafts, produce and more at Chipping.

“The day has been excellent with the crowds, the main ring attractions have been well received. The cheese tent was absolutely fabulous – the best ever – and the vintage tractors were fantastic,” said Mr Rogerson, adding he would like to thank the exhibitors, stewards and everyone else who had supported the show.

Don’t miss this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser & Times for a photo special from the big day and the full results!