12,000 flock to Garstang Show

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It was busy, bustling and big, both with exhibitors and support.

In fact, 12,000 people are said to have flocked to Saturday’s 198th, spectacular Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show.

Garstang Show

Garstang Show

Bursting with the best of everything a traditional country show can offer, there were also many other attractions to add to the day’s delights.

Besides two tents filled with cattle entries of every description and equally popular sheep, pygmy goat, poultry, pigeon, egg, rabbit, budgerigar and cheese sections with hundreds of entries, there were also equally well supported light and heavy horse sections including “Horse of the Year” qualifiers.

The horticultural marquee was no exception either, boasting fantastic vegetable, flower and floral art sections together with photography, cookery, handicrafts, honey and children’s classes.

And outside the horticultural marquee could be found a wonderful 12-strong array of “Mr McGregor garden planters” - a competition for local primary schools won by Garstang St Thomas’s.

The main ring offered a variety of attractions throughout the day, the highlight being the amazing ladies of the “Galloping Acrobatics” act keeping the crowd on tenterhooks as they performed their flamboyant acrobatic skills on horseback - a proven showstopper for all.

There were also tents boasting crafts and foods of every shape and form, be it Bill and Joan Miller from Garstang demonstrating how to mill flour and turn it into all kinds of delicious delights; the chance to make your own “grass caterpillar”; have your caricature drawn; learn all about bee keeping or receive expert advice on how to grow sweet peas.

Or maybe purchase a locally made cheese from Shorrocks or Dewlay; a piece of salt marsh lamb from Cockerham or a jar of marmalade like our grandmothers’ used to make.

And if that was not enough, the trade stands alone could keep one occupied all day, be it farm machinery, basketry, mole catching or even a spot of financial advice.

There were also two dog shows and a fun fair complete with waltzer.

Ice cream sales were booming, as were those of numerous refreshment stalls, be it tasty barbecued Cumberland sausages or portions of paella.

There were all kinds of stories to be told in every corner of the showground and the crowds enjoyed a belter of a day.

Kirkham Prison put on a fantastic display of vegetable produce and many horticultural entrants helped to raise £670 for the show and the North West Children’s Support Group, to be matched by Barclays Bank.

Garstang Show chairman, David Hewitt said: “What a fantastic day we had at Garstang Show! Thanks to all the public who came to make all the committee’s hard work worthwhile.

“Thanks also to exhibitors, sponsors and trade stands, entertainers and bar staff for creating the unique atmosphere.

“Garstang Show is organised by the dedicated support of the committee and our new show secretary, Melissa Wood, over a 12-month period and they deserve great credit for the success of the 2013 show.”

Melissa said: “The Garstang Show maintains a strong, traditional agricultural connection and the committee work hard to balance this with entertainment for the whole family.

“This year did not disappoint with a really high standard and quality of livestock in all of the classes – a real credit to the exhibitors supporting the show.

“There is always a good balance of animals large and small, with the magnificent shire horses right through to rabbits and budgies, as well as the more unusual alpacas.”

This year’s president, Jean Fowler said she was “very proud” to have been asked to carry out the presidential duties in memory of her late husband Bill.

She said: “Agricultural shows are an important part of our rural life, highlights of the farming year, great social occasions and a chance for farmers, growers and various breeders and exhibitors to show us all the best they can produce.”