It was bright and wonderful for all creatures great and small at the Halifax Agricultural Show 2013.
Thousands of people and livetock flocked to Savile Park, to enjoy the 67th show.
New attractions Knights of the Damned entertained crowds with breathtaking medieval shows packed with stunts and horsemanship. Welsh Axe Men showed their macho powers as they competed in timber cutting.
It certainly wasn’t a baa-d day for those who watched the Sheep Show with Nobby the Norfolk Horn taking centre stage as audiences were entertained and educated about wool and sheep shearing.
Cows, sheep and goats competed in the annual show to be crowned champions of their categories.
Chris Hagain, secretary of the goats section, said: “We’ve been here for the last 13 years. The public love it as they can get close and touch the goats.”
Winning seven out of ten rosettes when we spoke with Annabel Burton, 14, of Ryeside Rylands, Helmsley, she said: “We’ve trimmed and prepared the sheep and got them holter trained them to get placed.”
In creatures small there were cavies, rabbits, mice, bees as well horses, donkies, dogs, pigs and more.
Visiting the show for the first time, the Mayoress of Calderdale coun Ann Martin said: “The diversity of the stalls and animals are amazing. It’s easy to think the show is just for agricultural people - but there’s something for everyone.”
There was a variety of food stalls from roasts hogs to specialist cheeses. Crafts and handmade items were on sale. For the little ones there were fair rides and donkey rides.
Displays of green-fingered entrants and florists were on show in the horticultural tent.
Show treasurer Christine Green said: “The entertainment was great. The Welsh Axe Men were described as “awesome”. Everyone loved the Sheep Show; Richard and his dancing sheep are a real novelty. The Knights of the Damned drew a capacity crowd - the biggest yet.”
A small collection of thoughts that made up some of the 15,000 footfall in 2013’s show:
Mr and Mrs Aked, of Boothtwon, said: “It’s nice to see so many people here.”
Steward Helen White said: “Everyone wants to see Knights of the Damned.”
Douglas Viney, 79, of Copley, said: “The entertainment has improved considerably, this year.”
Crusty Pie Company, Shelf, said: “We’ve been coming here for 31-years.”
Megan Holmes, 11, said: “I won Girlguides greeting competition; that’s great.”
Stanley Christopher, 6, of London, in the Bee tent spotted the Queen bee in seconds.
Fiona Cross, of Halifax, said: “We’ve been here all day, looking at the rabbits, sheep and ducks.”
Lesley Berry, of Lightcliffe, said her daughter and friend were excited to go on rides, after seeing the pigs.