Dancing sheep, tomahawk throwing and ferret racing at this weekend’s county show

The 2015 Royal Lancashire Show at Salesbury in Ribchester
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The 2015 Royal Lancashire Show at Salesbury in Ribchester Shire Horses

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IT’S moving venue, but organisers of the Royal Lancashire Show have promised this this year’s event will be better than ever, while retaining the traditional spirit.

The Show, which was held at Chorley for many years, was in Ribchester last year and has now moved again.

The 2016 event – running from tomorrow until Sunday – will be held at Witton Country Park near Blackburn.

And the new venue is fully accesible via public transport.

Sue Catlow, a member of the organising team, said: “The new venue will mean that the show will be accessible to everyone in Lancashire including those who need to rely on public transport and we are extremely grateful to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for allowing us to use the Park.”

As well as retaining the traditional livestock, horticulture and equine classes, the show also has addedd attractions including a display of dancing sheep. Spectators young and old can get involved and try their hand at archery, tomahawk throwing, minitanks and the fundfair.

There will also be dog and duck displays, ferret racing, sheep shearing , gun dog displays, and dog agility classes.

Proud pooch owners can also enter on the day for the Fun Dog Competition.

There will also be the usual trade stands with a selection of goods for sale, food and drink and artisan produce.

First held in Lancaster in 1847, the Royal Lancashire Argicultural Show, as it was then called, has moved around various county venues since, including Blackpool, Lytham, Burnley and Ribby Hall.

Sue added: “All we can hope for now is some good weather to make the day just perfect but whatever the weather I would encourage all Lancastrians to come along and see some of the delights the County has to offer.”

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.royallancashireshow.co.uk, and more information can be found on the show’s Facebook page.

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