Name the new star of Hodder Valley Show!

Guess the name of the Hodder Valley Show cow. (s)
Guess the name of the Hodder Valley Show cow. (s)

Meet the latest member of the Hodder Valley Show.

As of yet anonymous and enjoying a secret identity, the Hodder Valley Show cow is pictured with this year’s president Mr Edmund Sandham who is watching his wife Mrs Jean Sandham’s expert milking skills.

Hodder Valley Show 2013. Photo by David McNamee. (s)

Hodder Valley Show 2013. Photo by David McNamee. (s)

The full size Holstein cow will have her first outing on Saturday when the 70th Hodder Valley Show will be staged, by kind permission of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Carr Family, at Langden Holme Farm, Dunsop Bridge, BB7 3AU.

As part of the fun surrounding this new attraction, people will have the opportunity to enter a “guess the name” of the cow competition.

There will also be a “Pound a pull” competition letting people have a go at milking the cow by hand over a timed period. The person who gets the most “milk” out wins.

Like any modern technologically-minded animal, the Hodder Valley Show cow can be followed on Twitter – her account is @hodder_showcow

As well as attending the show, she is also available for hire for fund-raisers, parties, promotion, and even pantomimes. For more details email or send her a tweet.

The Hodder Valley Show can trace its history back to 1864, being 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 and visitors enjoy the fabulous scenery with breath-taking views of the beautiful Hodder Valley in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which, in turn, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

This year the show is supporting the Farmer’s Walk for Cancer, pub-to-pub, auction to auction.

This year’s main ring delights at the show include Ben Slinger’s Bicycle Display and the Cuerden Birds of Prey plus the vintage cars and tractors and grand parade.

A vibrant show case of native and continental breeds, in the agriculture section more than 95 cattle and 345 sheep will be exhibited with more than 80 sheep entered into the Young Farmers’ Club sheep classes alone. Prior to show day, local showmen train Young Handlers at workshops culminating in the fabulous main ring final. The Silver Spoon Heavy Horse Section is also well supported.

Other attractions include the sheep shearing competition which involves local young shearers competing, with entertaining commentary of the skills required and the audience being invited to power the shears by pedaling a bike.

Musical interludes are provided by Slaidburn Silver Band with the traditional finale encouraging exhibitors and visitors of all-ages to join in with the egg catching competition. The Sheep Dog Trials prove very popular with the dogs and handlers never failing to impress, while this year sees the show host an English championship fell race, a first for the valley, attracting a national field of runners.

In the horticulture tent local gardeners, bakers, school-children and floral artists excel with their vast array of fantastic exhibits, while the rural craft and farmers’ markets are bursting with delicious locally produced and reared food and gifts.

The children’s section has incredible vegetable animals as well as 3D model vehicles with scary sea sculptures and beautiful flower collages. There is also an abundance of photos and very neat handwriting, not to mention the pebbles and plant pots all very brightly decorated by the children.

Facilities include a beer tent, free car parking and on site toilet facilities.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £2 for children. The show is open from at 10 am to 6 pm and the last admission is 4-30 pm.