Slaley Show organisers hopeful for another strong year

Several new categories are being introduced at the family-friendly Slaley Show event

Andrew Reed shows the overall sheep champion at Slaley Show 2013
Andrew Reed shows the overall sheep champion at Slaley Show 2013

The 155th Slaley Show is set to take place on Saturday.

Last year, the event attracted over 1,000 entries for its wide range of sections, including horticultural, industrial, children’s, floral art, eggs, wood carving and turning.

This time round, though, organisers plan to do even better.

“We get visitors to the show from all over the place and this year they’ll get to see new attractions, which include sheep dog demonstrations, the young farmers’ games competition and exotic animals,” said chairman Jim Bailey.

“And we’re expecting a bumper number of entries this year into the horticultural sections, due to the excellent summer.”

In previous years, the show has been hit by bad weather, and has been cancelled three times because of rain.

Otherwise, it has run continuously - apart from during World War I and II, and foot and mouth outbreaks.

Organisers aim to make the event a fun day out for all the family and have this year introduced new egg and honey classes, as well as a men-only chocolate cake competition.

Although the show opens early in the morning for the staging of exhibits and judging, much of the day’s attractions and events will begin around 11am.

Organisers have increased the entry fee for competitive classes in the industrial tent from 30p to 40p.

Entry as a spectator costs £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. Children under 12 can enter for free.

Mr Bailey added: “For what initially started as a pot plant competition organised by the local vicar, Slaley Show has certainly grown over the years.”

The showfield, the postcode of which is NE47 OAS, will be well signposted from Hexham and Corbridge.

For more information, see www.slaleyshow.org.uk .

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