North Northumberland’s largest rural showcase to mark its milestone with a range of exhibits, events, activities and displays, many focusing on farming and the countryside
This year’s Glendale Show taking place near Wooler in Northumberland on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, will demonstrate the importance of farming and the countryside, and showcase the finest livestock, fruit, flowers, honey, garden produces, baking, rural crafts and of course exhibitors.
The event, organised by the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS), will attract visitors like bees around a honey pot with in the region of 12,000 attending. Whatever the weather the show has something for all ages to enjoy and it is a true celebration of farming and the country. This year a number of new competitions and classes have been introduced, and it has been announced that the main ring attraction will be TV’s Top Gear stunt driver Paul Swift Precision Driving.
The Glendale Show is of course a traditional show, and for many people attending the highlight is the livestock section. This year with 90 sheep classes, continental, pedigrees and a rage and minority breeds, and 17 cattle classes it is expected that there will be a record number of entries.
A new addition to the ever popular donkey classes is the ‘Best Maiden Mare Donkey’, and the equine classes sees the introduction of a Show Hunter Pony section classes, class 30 – 34.
The industrial section has introduced a home-made honey class, and with the many amateur bee keepers in our county taking advantage of the wonderful fauna, they produce some world class honey which will be on display on the day.
With livestock at the very roots of the show there are a number of competitions within this section. The Carrs Billington Livestock point’s competition, will allocate points from first to third place in all sheep and cattle classes with the top prize being awarded to the exhibitor collecting the most points throughout the show. The winner of the second GAS Herd Competition will be announced during the afternoon along with the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Judged in advance of the show, the Herd Competition judges farmers on their ability to maximise the returns and potential of their herd of cattle whether they farm on a big or small scale.
Ian Murray Chief Livestock Steward and Organiser of the competition said:
“This competition is an excellent way to show the farming community that your system works well for you and your farm, and that individually your herd has a good physical performance. The winner could either have a small pedigree herd or a large commercial herd. As a show we are always looking at new and different competitions, and ways to make sure we are getting the best engagement from the local agricultural community throughout the year, and this is the perfect basis for that.”
Ronald Barber, Chairman of the Glendale Agricultural Society, said: “It is with thanks each year to the exhibitors, the stand holders, the sponsors and of course our numerous volunteers that the show is such a success. Heralded as the key North Northumberland agricultural show we need to make sure each year is better than the last to keep all who attend entertained. We know that our 125th show will be the best yet.”
Essential to the success of the show year on year is undoubtedly the sponsors, without whose generosity the show would struggle to exist. Each year the show costs in the region of £100,000 to stage and this would not happen without their support. This year’s mainline supporters include; Northumberland National Park and Ford & Etal Estates.
Show Secretary, Rachael Tait said: “We are hugely grateful to all of our sponsors, both longstanding supporters and those getting involved for the first time. Sponsorship funds so many things from banners to exhibits, classes to prizes, and without their kind generosity, the Glendale Show would certainly not be the scale it is today.”
In addition during the day, entertainment around the showground will include:
• Paul Swift Precision Driving
• Mounted police display
• Fell racing for both children and adults
• Foxhound display
• Rural crafts
• Countryside marquee
• Craft marquee
• Speciality food marquee
• British Legion Parade
• Vintage machinery
• Chainsaw carving
• Live music
• Children’s entertainment
With the backdrop of the Cheviots and access directly from the A697, the show provides a stunningly picturesque and fun day out for people of all ages. Dogs are welcome and their owners can enter them in the Companion Dog Show on the day, with entries taken from 12 noon onwards.
The gates for Glendale Show open at 9am on Bank Holiday Monday August 28th. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at a reduced rate.
For general information please visit www.glendaleshow.com or contact Show Secretary, Rachael Tait on 01668 283868 or email [email protected]