The return of an agricultural show in the Moorlands and at a new location has been hailed as a success. The Leek & District Show finally made a welcome return on Saturday (July 30) at it’s new venue of Dunwood Fields inLongsdon, just outside of Leek.
The return of an agricultural show in the Moorlands and at a new location has been hailed as a success.
The Leek & District Show finally made a welcome return on Saturday (July 30) at it’s new venue of Dunwood Fields in Longsdon, just outside of Leek.
There was a multitude of entertainment, food outlets, trade stand and stalls, as well as the usual ever-popular animal and agricultural focused competitions and displays.
Around 7,000 people visited the show which was lucky weather wise as only a few spots of rain were felt by those attending on the day.
Although there has been a few comments flying around local online social media pages regarding long waits for vehicles to get onto the show site, and that the show is no longer actually in Leek – most of the feedback seen on social media and heard by the Leek & Moorlands Echo has been of praise for the volunteer team behind the Leek Show.
One of those praising this year’s show was David Johnston, who leads the Red Barrows – one of the very entertaining displays which took place in the main arena at the show.
David told us: “This is one of the best shows we have done this year.
“There is so much support from both those contributing to the show and those visiting.
“Credit to all the local businesses which have supported the show.”
The volunteer team behind the relocated show have also hailed the event as a success.
Show director Bruce Daniel said: “The weather turned out to be very accommodating for Leek & District Show onSaturday at its new venue at Longsdon Fields with good conditions under foot for the 7,000 visitors that attended and the threatened rain keeping off.
“The intended theme of a traditional agricultural show was achieved with Cattle Classes attracting over 100 animals, a wide variety of sheep, over sixty Goats and a display of breeding Pigs.
“Competition within the cattle was fierce with judging taking over five hours before the Inter Breed competition resulted in the Simbo Herd of Pedigree Limousins, from Sandbach, taking the top prize for Beef Cattle and the Cotton Family, from Whiston, heading the Dairy Cattle classes. Rare breeds were in attendance with Long Horn animals drawing particular interest amongst the visitors that thronged the viewing aisles.
“The commentator for the Shire Horse competition commented that “entries were down slightly at other shows in the area, but Leek has bucked the trend, which was pleasing to see the Shire Horse community supporting the move to the new venue.”
“A strong entry for light horses used three judging rings throughout the day with Show Jumping returning to the show after several year’s absence and lively competition in the private driving ring.”
Bruce continued: “It has worked really well on this site with a basis of over 100 trade stands, including three tractor dealers and a dozen agricultural suppliers, providing real interest for local farmers and the rural public.
“The rural theme was continued through the main ring performances which included a Sheep Dog demonstration, a parade by the local Fox Hounds, a display of vintage tractors and machinery, the parade of livestock winners and a Young Farmers tug of war competition which finished the evening off at 8pm.”
Bruce added: “Clearly there are lessons to be learned with getting cars onto the site but it was good to see that so many people were willing to attend the event and continue the area’s premier one day show.
“Thanks must go to the committee which organised a full programme in the Horticulture section together with Floral Design and WI the Craft Marquee, and to our sponsors who had faith in the genuine desire of all to continue the show as it was intended back in 1968 when it was first held.
“We now hope that developments, for the public benefit, can now take place at Birchall in the knowledge that the show is settled at Longsdon.”
Show chairman Eddie Sims said: “Wow, Leek Show is back with a bang.
“Thank you to everyone for your fantastic comments and the buzz on the field on Saturday was fantastic. We were blessed with the weather, the crowds poured in and the atmosphere was electric.
“Thank you to everyone, it makes all the efforts of organising a show like this worthwhile.
“A massive thank you to the whole team for their hard work, enthusiasm and professionalism. Every section exceeded expectations.”
Eddie continued: “All the trade stands were pleased with the trade and all indicated their desire to return next year.
“All the sponsors I spoke with were delighted with the outcome of the day and committed their ongoing support.
“It was fantastic to see all the horse sections with the addition of the jumping and carriage driving – what a sceptical. The farrier competition was a serious crowd pleaser.
“I can safely say that the livestock section exceeded expectations with entries considerably better than many other shows. The finale at the cattle ring again attracted crowds of three to four deep all around the ring. Sheep numbers were up and the judging was excellent. Goats had their milking competition with their various breeds. The pigs this year was just a display, but hopefully next year we will see a competition.”
Eddie added: “What fabulous displays and entries in the Floral Art, Horticulture, WI and Poultry – lets hope restrictions are lifted and we can see our feathered friends back next year. The Crafts section were also well represented.
“The finale of the day was the Young Farmers Tug of War competition, with teams from various counties. What a fantastic spectacle, which concluded in the bar at around 8pm.
“Most of all, I would like to express a very genuine heartfelt thank you to all the people that attended and supported the show.”
See pages 16 and 17 in this week’s Leek & Moorlands Echo for a two page picture special of this year’s Leek & District Show.
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