Saturday, July 10, 2010

Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show 2010

Bullock at the Goosnargh and Longridge Show
Bullock at the Goosnargh and Longridge Show

It was a bit drizzly and overcast first thing, but feeling optimistic I headed over to the show ground on Lower Lane, Longridge for this years show, with wife Maggie and littlest child Megan for company.  Our gamble paid off as it soon stopped raining and warmed up nicely.

Meg gets a donkey ride
Meg gets a donkey ride

Admission this year was £5 per adult or £10 for a family ticket - included in this was a goody bag for the kids including a free donkey ride.  There was also a bouncy slide, climbing wall, quad bike circuit, and a range of craft activities for children.  For adults there was a beer tent with jazz band, a farmers market selling locally produced foods (lots of pies), a range of other stalls promoting local charities and businesses, and selling outdoor clothing, animal products, crafts etc, in addition to the usual pet, livestock and produce competitions.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Megan really enjoyed seeing the birds at the Cuerden Birds of Prey stall, and waited patiently for a chance to hold the Little Owl.

Little Owl
Little Owl

Owl flight demonstration
 Owl flight demonstration

Sheep shearing
Sheep shearing

There were a selection of rare breed sheep, cattle, horses and dogs on show.  We also saw a sheep shearing demonstration - this sheep looked glad to lose its fleece in the heat - and a fine display of dog disobedience (the poor things were a bit overwhelmed by the grass and crowds).

Clever chicken - prizewinning eggs
Clever chicken - prizewinning eggs

Vintage BSA motorcycles
Vintage BSA motorcycles

Prize horses on show
Prize horses on show

Something for  everyone on the market stalls
Something for everyone on the market stalls

Tug of war - Chorley's Top Lock Tuggers take the strain
Tug of war - Chorley's Top Lock Tuggers take the strain

The tug of war competition was highly entertaining, as the young farmers of Longridge, Chipping and Bury took on, well, old farmers from Longridge and elsewhere, and anyone else who could be roped in to make up the numbers.

David Brown tractor
David Brown tractor

The day finished for me with a fantastic collection of lovingly restored old tractors and other vehicles parading around the arena - an impressive site when you get so many together.


Steam engine
Steam engine

Ford Model T
Ford Model T

The organisers of the Goosnargh and Longridge show have done well this year to round up such a varied collection of things to see and do.  The show was well worth the entrance fee and I hope it goes from strength to strength in coming years.

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