Halifax Show promising jam-packed line-up

Richard Mercer with Whinberry Edwina at last year's Halifax Show
Richard Mercer with Whinberry Edwina at last year's Halifax Show

Preparations are well underway for the feast of fur, feather and much more planned at this year’s Halifax Agricultural Show.

Now in its 66th year, the event promises a wide variety of attractions with a jam-packed line-up.

The show takes place on Savile Park Moor on Saturday, August 11 from 9.30am.

Show chairman Malcolm Green said: “It’s going to be a wonderful show.

“The weather is a big thing but we think we’ve got over that bad rain.

“We have a first-class show committee who have been working very hard.

“We’re very, very confident.”

Last year’s attendance was up on the year before, at between 10,000 to 12,000 compared to 8,000.

Organisers are hoping their impressive list of attractions will draw in even more people this year.

Mr Green said entries for the cattle sections are up and set to include some of the best examples of breeds in the country.

“The cattle section is very popular,” he said. “We’re second only to the Great Yorkshire Show.”

There will also be all the other traditional animal classes, bringing a hostof four-legged, two-legged and winged creatures to the showground including horses, goats, sheep, poultry, bees, mice, pigs and cavies.

Tasty cakes and beautiful blooms will be on show in the horticulture and handicrafts sections and there will be plenty for children to enjoy, with a fun fair, Punch and Judy show, children’s entertainer, zorbing, bouncy slide and petting area.

The Gas Light jazz band will be getting people’s fee tapping by touring around the showground, the Cooking Bus will be handing out handy tips and visitors will be able to see how long they can stay on the bucking bronco ride.

Displays will also include birds of prey, stone walling, Bernese carting dogs, vintage tractors, donkey driving, a sheep dog trying to round up a flock of ducks, wood turning, a steam wagon and a variety of goods from producers around the area at the show’s own farmers’ market.

Tickets for the show are £7 for adults in advance or £8 on the gate and £3.50 in advance or£4 on the gate for children and other concessions.

Family tickets for two adults and three children are also available for £20 in advance or £22 on the gate.

Tickets can be bought online at www.halifaxagriculturalshow.co.uk or at outlets including the Halifax Courier office on King Cross Street in Halifax, the tourist information centres in Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, Calvag in Mytholmroyd, Bell Hall General Stall in Halifax, NFU in Elland, Phoenix Pet and Garden Supplies in Queensbury, Mary’s Florist in Halifax, Far Barsey Farm Shop in Barkisland, Richardson’s Butchers in Halifax Borough Market, North Central Tyres in Luddenden Foot, Walker’s Butchers in King Cross, Skircoat Green Post Office in Halifax and Little Bit of Eden, Sowerby Bridge, Greetland and District Trading Society and Pets at Home.