Dancing sheep and much more

The president of Todmorden Agricultural Society, Shirley Fielder
The president of Todmorden Agricultural Society, Shirley Fielder

Dancing sheep, stately birds of prey and horses who’ll laugh at your jokes are among the characters you will be able to meet at this year’s Todmorden Agricultural Show!

After being forced to miss a year last year due to the condition of the Centre Vale Park showground, it returns on Saturday, June 21.

But as well as the traditional sections, the 84th show will feature some very entertaining attractions, says Shirley Fielder, president of organisers Todmorden Agricultural Society.

“The special events have been sourced for this yearby Helen Heys, whose choices always wow the crowd.

“This year she has got Ben Potter’s interesting and unusual birds of prey display team, featuring black kites, striped cara cara, a European Eagle owl, a gyr falcon, a barn owl and a turkey vulture.

“Ben offers flying displays and when not flying a static display where a member of staff is on hand to talk to you about the birds,” said Shirley.

A hard act to follow? Perhaps not, says Shirley.

“From there Helen has got Galloping Acrobatics, and you will be mesmerised by their gymnastic acrobatic equestrian skills.

“You’ll see Casper catching things in his mouth before his high-stepping Spanish walk, while Tinker skips about the arena with a giant five metre skipping rope.

“Tell a joke to Casper and he will either laugh - or shake his head. Rosie of Galloping Acrobatics and her horses have this incredible level of communication. Following this display, you can ‘meet and greet’ her and ask questions,” said Shirley.

Then, back by demand after its debut appearance in 2011, The Sheep Show returns, highly in demand, with 100 shows a year attracting audiences of around 2.5 million.

“This show has captured the heart of many, the New Zealand presenters educate and entertain with their fantastic sheep all over the country.

“Nobby the Norfolk horn stands centre stage while other sheep are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breed, from the wool off their back to its creation into a wool jumper,” said Shirley.

“A cleverly devised and highly entertaining show, the highlight is the Sheep Show Suffle - yes, dancing sheep!”

Shirley said that with the traditional sections, ranging from horses. sheep and cattle to arts and crafts, there was much to look forward to.

“It’s a great show, and a big thanks to Helen for these special attractions,” she said.