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Garstang Show celebrates its 199th year on Saturday

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Garstang Show president Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes will follow in a family tradition when he welcomes visitors to this year’s show on Saturday.

As he explains in the show programme his family has been connected with the Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society since its formation in 1809.

Organisers are hoping to welcoming some 15,000 visitors if the sun shines – and there will be plenty to entertain them with the traditional agricultural, horticultural and equine classes attracting entries from far afield and an ever-changing entertainment programme.

This year attractions include the 3Sixty Mountain Bike Display Team, a chance to let your dog take part in agility tests, an opportunity to compete in a Young Farmers’ assault course, listen to local folk artist Lynne Henson, learn about bee-keeping and much more.

Show Secretary Melissa Wood said there are bumper entries in the horticulture for children and poultry and pigeon sections, while farm livestock and horse classes attract entries from all over the country.

She said thanks were due to the many local helpers who
ensured the show’s success: “We have an awful lot of people involved on a vountary basis. They put in a lot of time and effort into the show.”

Frances Fitzherbert-Brockholes said: “These shows are a key component of our rural life, highlights of the farming year, great social occasions and a chance for farmers, growers and breeders to show us the best they can produce.”

Chairman David Hewitt said: “We’ve got a show packed with activities for all the family.

“The best thing as a farmer is getting to share the best of what we do with the public.

“There’s nothing better than to see people going home with a smile on their face!”

 

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