THE final event of the district’s show season will take place in the far reaches the Rede Valley at Rochester on Saturday.

The Upper Redesdale Show is well-known as the last date on the agricultural calendar, but it is always worth waiting for.

The traditional sheep show is now in its 130th year, and is well-supported by farmers from across the county.

A regular fixture of the show is the sheep dog trials and the annual dog show, with terriers, collies, Jack Russells and other breeds set to take part.

Another key feature is the industrial tent, packed with home-baked cakes, scones, jams and other culinary delights. There will also be arts and crafts and fruit and vegetable entries.

Organisers were blown away by last year’s entries in the industrial tent after an extra 300 entries were submitted on the previous year.

Other attractions this year will include an array of stalls, as well as quoits, children’s sports, musical entertainment, and an appealing refreshments tent.

Last year, Dan Walton, of Wanwood Hill, Alston, was crowned North of England Blackface Champion with his home-bred ewe lamb.

Stewie Weatherson, of Edges Green, Haltwhistle, was reserve champion, while Selby Robson, of Otterburn, was awarded most points in the North of England Blackface category.

Show secretary, Karen Gaukrodger said: “It’s a really well received show by everyone in this close knit community.

“That said, we have people from all over the North-East who will competing at the weekend.”