Record entries at this weekend's 155th Slaley Show

This year's annual Slaley Show attracted record entries alongside a host of new attractions


Country folk and city dwellers alike flocked to this weekend’s 155th Slaley Show.

Around 2,900 people turned out for the annual event with more than 1,500 entries across all sections, making it a record year for the popular village show.

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

But the sun shone on this year’s extravaganza, which welcomed new attractions including sheep dog demonstrations, the young farmers’ games competition and a vintage tractor parade.

“It was just a delightful day and a lot of visitors commented on what a nice atmosphere there was on the show field,” said show secretary Catherine Lincoln.

“Visitor numbers were slightly down on last year but people stayed much longer because the weather got better as the day went on.

“We also had a record number of entries this year across all sections. On Friday morning we had 1,572 entries and that’s not including all the entries we had on the day.

“We had a very entertaining young farmers’ games. These included five in a sack race, six-legged race, walking the plank and a penalty shoot out.

Slaley Show
Slaley Show

“The winning team were the Slaley Mad Dogs who play football on the school field in the village.

“The views from the show field were spectacular as always and thanks go to everyone who came and everyone who has helped out in many ways.”

For more than one and a half centuries the show has run continuously - apart from during the world wars, foot-and-mouth outbreaks, and a couple of downpours.

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

Young people from the Whitley Chapel Young Farmers’ Club (WCYF) helped run this year’s show, and also took part in the young farmers’ games.

Lewis Short, the most senior member of WCYF at the age of 26, said: “I joined when I was 11, it was about meeting friends and getting involved.

“Working in a rural location can mean working on your own, and young farmers’ get togethers are a way of keeping in touch with people.”

Ovington farmer, John Pigg, whose jet-black Labrador, Purdy, won the overall champion gundog on the day, brought his wife and three daughters to this year’s show.

“My daughters have been competing their ponies here today and they’ve also won rosettes in the dog-handling classes,” he said. “It’s a good show to bring your family to because there’s something for everyone.”


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