ONE of the Allen Valley’s best-loved events returns this weekend for its 40th anniversary.

The High Forest Show takes place in Allenheads on Saturday, with the popular event set to take over the village.

Historically, the show was only open to people who lived in the area.

However, when the show’s future was secured by a charity auction last year, organisers decided to open up entries to all as a way of thanks.

The success of the initiative, which saw a significant increase in the number of exhibits, has seen it continue this year.

The vegetable and flower classes will be hotly contested as always, while tempting treats will be on show in the cookery classes.

There will also be ample opportunity for creative folk to show off their talents in the arts section, while the children’s section is sure to produce some eye-catching exhibits.

However, the exhibitions aren’t the only thing on offer. From noon onwards, there will be a barbecue on the car park in front of Engine House.

The show is set to feature a number of cooking demonstrations, including displays by Titu Ahad, who runs Saathi’s restaurant in Hexham, and Jill Weatherburn, who has supported TV chefs such as Mary Berry, James Martin and Gino D’Campo in the past.

There’s also plenty of stalls selling everything from bric-a-brac through to hand-crafted wooden items and tombola.

At 1pm, the show will be officially opened by Steve Wardle, the chairman of the High Forest Show Committee, before the public will be permitted to enter the marquee.

There’s also a dog show taking place on the Triangle Field at the top of Gin Hill. Entrants can register from 1.45pm, with judging taking place at 2.15pm.

Trophies will be presented at 4.30pm, followed by an auction of the produce.

The show is well known for its annual themes, with this year’s theme “Heroes and Heroines”.