Weekend fun draws

NEAABE110827h9, Moorgreen country show, Barry Heys with Morleys lad who won decorated harness, from Shottle.
NEAABE110827h9, Moorgreen country show, Barry Heys with Morleys lad who won decorated harness, from Shottle.

THE 162nd Moorgreen Show welcomed over 1,500 visitors last weekend in a two-day extravaganza of all things horticultural and agricultural.

There were classic cars, vintage tractors, steam engines, medieval archery, a honey and bee show, a working truck show, donkey sanctuary, ferret racing, show jumping events, a mountain climbing wall and locally produced food stalls.

Many families took advantage of the opportunity to see meerkats and snakes in a wildlife zoo display and there was the usual wide range of livestock.

The show’s general secretary Andrew Marshall said the tractor pull contest was re-introduced and organisers went back to their roots with a traditional ploughing match and a grand parade of cattle – both held for the first time in many years.

“We need to keep changing the format of the show and we want to introduce fresh ideas.

“They struck the right note with members of the public. Both drew big crowds because they were something different and unusual,” Mr Marshall said.

There were record entries in the guinea pig show and in the poultry show .

The event took place on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday and there were hundreds of stalls spread across 40 acres.

While Sunday was packed out, Monday was not as busy as organisers would have hoped because of the weather.

Mr Marshall said: “The weekend showed the fragility of the show as far as the weather was concerned. It was uncertain on Monday and we weren’t as busy as we’d hoped, but Sunday was great.

“Overall it was a great success though. People called in to my tent to say it was an interesting mix of events and attractions and something for everyone.”

Mr Marshall and assistant secretary Anita Hodgson have both decided to stand down after 16 years of organising the show.

“It’s time for some new blood with some new ideas,” the general secretary said.

“I want to say a big thank you to all the people who work on it and support it.”

Hillary and Andrew Taylor won six firsts in the Charolais Cattle classes and also won the Champion of the Breed award for their cow Brinsley Cotton and her calf.