Organisers of this year’s Glendale Show have promised a “true showcase” for the younger generation of farmers.
With the average age of UK farmers now being over 60, efforts have been stepped up in recent years to introduce more children and young people to agriculture early.
The Glendale Agriculture Society, which is responsible for the show, has long recognised such encouragement as not only good for those benefitting directly, but for the local community in Wooler, the rest of the country and indeed the world.
Hence, this year it has seen a significant increase in entries for the livestock classes aimed at young stock handlers and presenters, as well as dedicated classes in the industrial and horticultural sections.
Show president Michael Walton, whose sons and grandchildren take part in the livestock classes, said: “We are always keen to see the younger generation preparing and presenting livestock for show and as a society we encourage knowledge transfer through events such as Our Children’s Countryside Day and our annual stock judging event.”
The show, which will be held near Wooler on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, in fact places great emphasis on its family-friendly credentials.
Among the action in the main ring this year, for example, will be an aerobic display, along with an appearance from The Kangaroo Kid, otherwise known as Australian world record-breaking stuntman, Matt Coulter, who performs stunts on a quad bike with his son Sam.
There ever-popular sheep show will also return, demonstrating the multi-talented animals’ ability to both race and dance.
Organisers, however, say that more still needs to be done on a wider level to help engage the kind of youngsters who enjoy what the show offers, helping secure the world’s food supply in the long term.
Show secretary Rachel Tait said: “The Agricultural Society believes in the contribution the Young make to agriculture.
“Its activity supports the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth’s commitment to the next generation and sponsors a delegate to its international events.
“Our Children’s Day goes further, and gets young children familiar with how food is produced, and get them aware and interested in country life and how people work there.”
The show also features trade tents, as well as craft, industrial, horticultural, food sections and live music throughout the day.
For further information, visit http://www.glendaleshow.com/