THE season of agricultural shows is almost over for another year, but there’s still a few major events left on the calendar.

One of those is this weekend’s Alston Agricultural Society show, one of the oldest shows of its type in the district.

This year’s event, held at Tyne Willows on Saturday, September 1, marks the 163rd year of the long-running show.

Secretary of the show, Carolyn Harrison, said: “We seem to have a really good entry on all of the classes of sheep this time and more cows than we have seen in a long time.”

The strong agricultural classes are expected to draw entries from the local area and further afield.

And the show coincides with Love Lamb Week, which runs from Saturday, August 1 until Friday, August 7, and as always a local lamb has been donated to the show – this year by Randal Holme Farm in Alston.

The lamb will be cooked on the day by the Ladies Committee at the barbecue area.

Meanwhile, a bustling industrial tent will be filled with fruit, vegetables, baked goods and more, and there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

Children’s races, terrier racing, tug of war, children’s rides and a bouncy castle will give visitors plenty to do, while various trade stands and Hexham based mobile gin van Gin and Tonia will also be in attendance.

There will be educational talks by bee keepers on the importance of bees, as well as demonstrations by local stone worker Laurie Lambeth.

The popular beer tent is expected to attract visitors throughout the day and into the evening.

Judging will begin at 12.30pm, when the show will open to the public, before trophies are presented to the lucky winners of the various competitions at the secretary’s tent at 4.30pm.