All set for another great show day!

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Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society officials have this week been putting the final touches to preparations for their 198th show, which is being held this Saturday, August 3.

It promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family, with entertainment for all ages and tastes.

The show has numerous events in its agricultural, horticultural, equestrian and craft sections.

Families will be able to look at rare breeds of cattle and sheep, as well as the more traditional breeds.

The heavy horse section welcomes magnificent animals to the showground, while the light horse category also has Horse of the Year Show qualifiers for hunters, hacks, cobs and riding horses.

The main headline act in the show ring this year will be the Galloping Acrobatics. They perform remarkable feats of gymnastic, acrobatic and equestrian skill, with high-speed Roman riding, skipping horses and all manner of trickery.

The Blackpool Circus School will be attendance this year, and children and adults will be able to try out all kinds of circus items, including, diablos, devil sticks, unicycles, juggling balls and more.

Following the grand parade, the Vale of Lune Hunt will be parading in the main ring, will children able to meet the hounds. There will also be many children’s exhibits on display in the craft and horticultural tents.

Local schools are planting displays under the theme of Betarix Potter’s “Mr McGregor’s Garden”.

There will also be face painting and the Young Farmers’ Club will entertain with a tug of war contest.

For adults, the bar area will be selling real ale and the music tent close by will be playing an eclectic mix, and Rhythm Alley Drum Circles will be performing with their Afro Caribbean band.

The horticultural and floral arts and craft tents are set to be spectacular this year. The Dewlay Cheese Food Market will be featuring the best food Lancashire has to offer.

Culinary delights include Charming Little Cupcakes, Fatjax Chutneys, Furness Fish and Game, Shirley’s Pies from Pilling and Susan’s Farmhouse Fudge, to name but a few

The show provides a great connection with the traditions of the local agricultural land and the surrounding towns and villages.

It regularly attracts up to 15,000 visitors.

President Jean Fowler, who is carrying on the role in memory of her husband, Bill, 2012’s president who died suddenly earlier this year, said she was so pleased to follow her husband, adding: “I’m sure he will be looking down on us on the day.”

l Admission prices are children £1.60, adults £9.60, family £20. There are pre-paid discounts on line at www. garstangshow.co.uk which will save up to 30% of the price on the day.

Tickets can also be purchased from show secretary Melissa Wood on 07867313346.