A full day’s entertainment lies in store at showground

Cattle section judging at last year's show
Cattle section judging at last year's show

A FULL day’s entertainment lies in store for visitors to Todmorden Agricultural Show this Saturday.

Visitors and competitors alike will be making their way to the showground at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, for one of the finest one-day shows in the north of England.

For fair-goers who have already sampled the fun of the fairground, their enjoyment will have started early, and for those who have secured tickets to the revived evening event in the main marquee, it really is a day packed with top value entertainment.

At the heart of the event, of course, are the animals, great and small, and the showcases of work completed by local adults, children, groups and organisations.

The animals don’t come much bigger than the powerful horses, which engage in competition right through the day with a range of competitions including some show jumping events. Always attracting the crowds, the skills of their riders and handlers are put to the test.

Majestic would also be a word applied to the entries in the cattle section, where the best of these powerful beasts get deserved admiring glances in one of the traditional show competitions.

Close by, you will find the sheep section, which is attracting competition from as far afield as York and where many British breeds, among others, will be on show in quantity. The goat section completes a set of traditional show competitions at the core of the event.

The beauty of Todmorden Agriculultural Society’s event is its variety.

Alongside the heavy agricultural sections nestles the fur and feather tent, where you will find many a young visitor entranced by the rabbits, cavies, pigeons and poultry entered for competition, with knowledgeable owners happy to talk about their animals

Taking part is a key point where the show is concerned, and there is a section to appeal to everybody.

There are fewer things more appealing, for example, than the ferret tent mid-afternoon, where the little animals can often be found relaxing, and dozing, on their hammocks after a morning’s competition!

The dog section is a fun dog show, and many local dogs are entered into the event which, situated near the main marquee, always proves a hit. The section also supports a good cause, the Tia Greyhound and Lurcher rescue centre, which is based at Cragg Vale.

For the area’s youngsters, the children’s pet show is always keenly contested with young people showing how much they know about their animals and displaying them at their best.

The arts and crafts section has a wonderful range of events for children and adults alike, taking in skills from photography to baking via art, handwriting, wood carving and much, much more - you will want to give yourself some time in the tent to take it all in, or see one of the craft displays - this year they include spinning and hand-crafted jewellery.

And fans of vintage vehicles should not forget to take a look at the cars, motorbikes and working machinery that form the section. Almost every part of Centre Vale Park is in use - leave yourself plenty of time to see the show, and don’t forget the special events ring too!

Judging timetable: sheep, 11am; cattle, 11am to 2pm; goats, 9.30am to 10am; rabbits, 11am; cavies, 11am; poultry, 9.30am; ferrets, 10.30am to 11am; dogs, 12.30pm; children’s pets, see section; arts and crafts, 10.45am; vintage vehicles, noon.