Crowds enjoy a taste of the countryside at today’s Halifax Agricultural Show

Emma Hayley with her highland cow at the Halifax Agricultural Show on Savile Park
Emma Hayley with her highland cow at the Halifax Agricultural Show on Savile Park

Crowds have been enjoying a feast of delights from the countryside and beyond at this year’s Halifax Agricultural Show.

A vast display of four and two-legged creatures descended on Savile Park Moor early this morning, along with a host of other attractions and entertainment.

The animals on show have ranged from the small, including bees, mice, cavies, poultry and rabbits, to the bigger horses, cattle, sheep and goats.

Impressive creations and tasty treats have been in store to visitors to the produce and craft tents, while the work of green-fingered entrants has been on display in the horticulture tent.

Stuart Smith, secretary of the mice section, said this year’s show has seen between 20 and 30 more animals entered this year.

He said his tent had also been busy with members of the public keen to see the many different varieties of mice on show.

Janet and William Cooper, of the fun dogs section, said their’s is always a popular section and this year’s has not been any different.

Their categories include most handsome dog, dog the judge would most like to take home, friendliest dog who doesn’t jump up and dog with the waggiest tail. Thanks to the section’s sponsors, they said they are now able to offer more trophies.

Pig section secretary Judy Milnes said her section is also very popular with show visitors. “People like pigs,” she said.

“They’re friendly and inquisitive and they respond to people.”

She said she knew hardly anything about pigs before she became section secretary but was given the role after reading that in the Courier that the show committee needed volunteers.

She added she thought the show was a good way of educating children about where their food comes from.

The pigs on show included a variety of rare breeds as well as seven piglets from Shelf.

Many section secretaries said they thought their entries were up because other shows usually held earlier in the year had been forced to cancel because of poor weather.

Goat section secretary Chris Hagain said they had received entries for every category this year.

His daughter Jessica, 17, was again a competitor in the section, having taken part since she was just two.

Among the crowds enjoying the show today were Lynne and Robert Butler, from Pye Nest, who have been coming to the event for the last 12 years.

“It’s fantastic,” said Mrs Butler. “We try to come every year.”

“We’re very pleased that it’s dry,” added Mr Butler. “It’s a good show and it’s just the right size.”

Mayor of Halifax John Hardy said he was pleased the rain had stayed away for the event, as at Todmorden Agricultural Show in June the weather had caused some problems.

“I think it’s an excellent show with a great atmosphere,” he said.

Show president Rodney Bussey thanked and praised everyone who had worked hard to put the show on.

“I thought is was one of the best shows we’ve put on,” he said. “Everyone on the committee has worked really hard and I think that’s what has made it so successful.”

*For lots more photos see Friday’s Courier and for results, keep checking online at www.halifaxcourier.co.uk.