Countdown to Chipping Show this weekend

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Chipping Show is one of the best in Lancashire, combining the elements of a traditional country show with the attractions of a fun day, and this year’s show promises to be a great day out for all the family.

The highlight in the main ring will be the show’s first-ever sheep races, which promise to be a lot of fun, with four races scheduled at various times during the afternoon.

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.

Among the agricultural classes, there are new classes for Beltex sheep in addition to the many other classes for sheep and cattle.

The horse section includes Shetlands, shires and a number of light horse and pony classes. There is a large poultry section plus egg and pigeon sections.

Some of the most popular attractions are the exhibits in the cakes, handicrafts, flowers and preserves sections.

There are lots of children’s classes including handwriting, photography and craft plus classes for members of Young Farmers’ Clubs in the Lancashire Federation.

Livestock judging will take place in the ring during the morning followed by the dog show at 1 p.m. Dog show entries will be taken on the day.

The cheese section has again attracted a large number of entries from top dairies from all over the country – Chipping Show has become one of the premier cheese shows in the calendar thanks to the expert guidance of Bob and Faye Kitching from Leagram Organic Dairy. Judging will be carried out on Friday afternoon so that the cheese marquee will be open to the public all day on Saturday.

There will also be lots of trade stands, catering outlets, a licensed bar and the luncheon tent with catering by Tim Slater. The popular craft marquee and local producers’ marquee showcase the best of the region’s food and arts/crafts. With a magician in attendance to entertain the children, a baby show and a display of vintage machinery the show promises something for all ages to enjoy.

Judging of livestock classes begins at 9-30 a.m. and the first sheep race– The Woolly Back Hurdle – is scheduled for 12-15 p.m. There is a packed main ring schedule that concludes with egg catching at 5-15 p.m.

Admission is £8 for adults, £2 for children, and car parking is free.