It’s a great day out for all the family

Crowds admiring a big beast at last year's Todmorden Agricultural Show
Crowds admiring a big beast at last year's Todmorden Agricultural Show

MAKE your way to one of the best one-day agricultural shows in the north this Saturday and you will have a day packed with entertainment as town and country come together.

Events run at Todmorden Agricultural Show’s show ground, Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden, from around 8am and continue through the day to around 5pm on Saturday, June 16.

There’s then a short breather before, if you have bought a concert ticket, the show’s Party In The Park - an evening of rock and soul music in the members’ marquee from around 7.30pm to 12.30am.

Stars of the show are the magnificent animals which, accompanied by their owners or handlers, make it so special. These range from traditional classes such as cattle, sheep, goats and heavy horses to ferrets, cavies, poultry and dogs, via a range of horse and pony classes including jumping.

You’ll find humans and animals working perfectly in tandem throughout, including the children’s pet competition where youngsters get the chance to show their cherished animals, and there is also a spotlight for local children and adults to showcase their arts and crafts skills - of which there are a breath-taking variety!

Add in extras like the special events and showcases such as the vintage tractors and vehicles, and your main problem will be how to fit everything in to your day.

This year’s show sees Todmorden Agricultural Society making some changes as the team continue to use the show ground most effectively and pack in as much as they can in a new era.

This year Shirley Fielder has taken on the presidency following long-serving Peter Cryer’s decision to step down from the role and, welcoming visitors to the event, she says a key task is to keep moving the show forward.

For example, there is no fair this year, although there is a Victorian fairground organ to add a period feel, and links with Todmorden’s businesses and community groups are stronger than ever.

For example, the extra space created means the introduction to the event of Made In Tod, a summer special following a successful spring showcase organised by Todmorden Business Association to create a shop window for the crafts and skills businesses in the town have to offer.

Also on the show field you will find plenty to explore in the work of community groups including Todmorden In Bloom, Incredible Edible Todmorden, West Pennine Woodturners, Halifax and District Beekeepers.

For shoppers, don’t miss the trade stands and farmers’ market - you’ll find it hard to leave without buying something!

For full details on all classes, events, ticket details and membership packages, see the newly-revamped and very user-friendly event website - log on to www.todshow.org