Unmissable fun as popular show returns

9 August 2017 3:37PM

A PROUD celebration of traditional crafts and rural heritage, Slaley Show is one of the highlights of Tynedale's agricultural show calendar.

And with over 2,000 entries last year across all classes - from cookery and handicraft to stick dressing and floral art - the 158th annual event on Saturday promises to be unmissable.

Busy sheep pens are integral to the show field as local farmers show off their finest stock.

The horse section attracts entries from the smaller native breeds, as well as working hunter and show jumping classes, to name just a few.

Other highlights include the dog show, terrier racing, ferret racing and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling - where competitors will be competing for two new trophies, the Aird Cup and Shield.

The heart of the showfield - the main ring - will this year play host to birds of prey and dog agility displays, while youngsters will have the chance to meet Folly and Copelia from Moorgair Alpacas and learn all about their fleece.

The hounds of the Braes of Derwent Hunt will also be on parade with everything from quoits and a children's pet class to keep the whole family entertained.

But the event couldn't happen without the dedicated committee of volunteers behind it who give their time freely to plan every last detail.

From judges and stewards, to catering and car parking, the team have it all covered.

Whitley Chapel Young Farmers are also key to the success of Slaley Show, with members on hand to set up the show field until the very last marquee is removed for another year.

Catherine Lincoln, show secretary, said: "It's great to see both familiar and new faces each year. We aim to put on a friendly and traditional country show, and hope everyone has a great time.

"This year, we are especially pleased to have the help of the Gosforth Sea Cadets, who will be around the field, so give them a wave."

Tents open to exhibitors from 8am with a non-stop timetable planned until 5pm.

* Slaley Show, Saturday, August 12. More information about the event is available online at www.slaleyshow.org.uk

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