Thousands flocked to Chipping’s 87th agricultural and horticultural show on Saturday, possibly making it one of the best attended shows ever.
The previous night’s torrential rain ebbed away, the sun came out and vehicle after vehicle drvoe onto the showground, forming some of the longest queues along Longridge Road in memory.
Chairman William Pye believed up to five thousand people were there and he described it as “a really great day”.
In his second year as chairman, and speaking on Saturday, he said: It was fabulous. We don’t know the numbers yet, but looking around I think it is one of the best attended shows we have ever had. The weather has been fantastic, as have the exhibits.”
And as he looked over to the main attraction of the day The Sheep Show, as hundreds of people gathered around for the last of three performances of the day of this unique event, he said: “The Sheep Show has attracted huge crowds. The South African, who is from Norfolk, must be doing something right!”
He added: “The president has had a great day and really enjoyed himself and we are all really pleased with what we have collectively achieved.”
Mr Pye chose J and P Miller’s Shorthorn bull as his chairman’s choice entry of the day.
Besides the varied agricultural and horticultural sections, there was plenty more to see and do at the show, be it wandering around the craft, home produce and Young Farmers’ tents; sampling a huge variety of cuisine from German Bratwurst sausages to Chinese noodles; from Longridge’s Cunliffe hog roast to Chipping’s Uncle Bob’s ice cream; from the delicious show lunches in the marquee, by Tim Slater and co, to resting for a while in the Chipping Congregational Church tent whilst enjoying a brew and homemade cakes.
Twelve children entered the baby show; there was the opportunity to ‘milk’ Molly the cow at the Chipping Wild Boar park stand; see wood carver Geoff Whitely at work; learn something of rural crime from local PC Carl Chew; take a look around the vintage machinery and numerous trade stands; take part in or watch the dog show judged by Richard and Penny Prest; enter the children’s races; egg catch or tractor race; watch the tug-of-war with Bilsborrow, Longridge and Chipping Young Farmers’ clubs competing - Bilsborrow winning - or sit and watch the Grand Parade and presentation of cups.