Cast your vote for Hodder Valley Show

Hodder Valley Show at Dunsop Bridge.'Photo Ben Parsons
Hodder Valley Show at Dunsop Bridge.'Photo Ben Parsons

Members of the Hodder Valley Show were delighted to hear they had reached the finals of the Farmers Guardian Competition “Show Business 2012”.

Launched in a special show-themed issue of the Preston-based Farmers Guardian, the competition attracted 53 entries from throughout the UK, from the smallest of local shows to the largest of county events.

Now members of the public until March 23rd to go online and vote for their favourite local show. Visit: to cast your vote for the Hodder Valley Show.

A spokesman for the show committee commented: “We have a proud, long-standing tradition, please help us to gain votes and promote our show to ensure that we uphold its place as a thriving community event.”

The Hodder Valley Show prides itself on being a traditional agricultural and horticultural show, providing a perfect family day out with something for everyone.

Now in its 68th year, the show is unique in that it is hosted in turn by the three villages of Dunsop Bridge, Newton-in-Bowland and Slaidburn. No two years are the same and visitors can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the valley in the geographical Centre of the Kingdom.

The agricultural section is a showcase for cattle and sheep, with around 70 animals ranging from British Blue to Brown Swiss to Holsteins. The sheep section includes Texels, Swaledales, local Lonks, Beltex and “any other breed”, plus a thriving Young Farmers Clubs’ section, whose members prepare and exhibit some 60 sheep. There is also a the shearing demonstration with commentary and friendly competition to find the shearing champion.

Livestock young handlers display their expertise, providing visitors with a wonderful insight into stockmanship, and a heavy horse section is a silver spoon event The stunning locations also provide a backdrop to both sheepdog trials and fell races, while traditional music is provided by Slaidburn Silver Band.

The Children’s Section is very well supported by local schools and the tables in the Horticulture Tent groan under the weight of prize produce. Other well-supported show classes include baking and preserves, flowers and floral art and a wide array of crafts. The food hall is bursting with delicious local produce including cheeses, pies, cakes and fudge and there is also the opportunity to buy locally reared meat.

Anyone interested in having a tradestand, stall or who would like to discuss an advertising/sponsorship package for this year’s Hodder Valley Show can phone 01200 446670.