Farmyard fun at the Show

One of Calderdale’s finest farming spectaculars returns for another year this weekend.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 7th August 2015, 3:30 pm
Goats on show, at Halifax Agricultural Show, 2014
Goats on show, at Halifax Agricultural Show, 2014

The 69th Halifax Agricultural Show, hosted by the Halifax Agricultural Society, is now the largest show in the area.

Held at Savile Park on Saturday, the show will cater for all the family, young or old, and visitors do not have to be farmers or from the farming community to enjoy it.

There will be many different animals to see, from large cattle, sheep and goats to mice, rabbits and even some exotic animals.

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Horse sections have been cancelled this year as a result of the disease Equine Strangles, but they are expected to return for next year’s event.

The day also encourages those with green fingers to show off their flowers and vegetables in the horticultural sections.

And cakes, needleworks and other crafts will be on display in the handicraft and produce section.

The Halifax Agricultural Show provides a shop window for hundreds of traders including retail, agricultural, crafts and local farm food suppliers and there will be plenty for children to enjoy, with fairground rides, hundreds of animals on display and a petting zoo.

Simon Booth, secretary of the show committee, said: “It’s a total family day out for everybody. We’ve got livestock brought into the show alongside vintage cars and tractors.

“We’ve got the widest variation possible. There’s a record entry for sheep, more than 200 this year, and the cattle section is looking strong.

“We’ve got the smallest of the small which is a bee, to a bull. It’s going to be a great show day.”

The main attraction in the main ring will be the Royal Signals Motorycle Team, better known as The White Helments.

The troupe have performed for more than 80 years and promise a thrilling display for all visitors.

In their immaculate uniforms, the team performs spectacular feats of balance, death-defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics.

This record-holding team has existed as a recognised organisation since the first public displays of joint precision horsemanship and motorcycle riding in 1927.