Great Eccleston Show Goes Ahead As Planned

THE show field at Great Eccleston is fit and ready for the start of the two-day agricultural show this weekend.

The marquees are set up and today (Friday) the ground is a hive of activity as people flock from far and near bringing the myriad creations that will fill them – all hand made, home baked or home grown.

Very early on Saturday morning the animals start arriving - dairy cows, sheep, pigs, poultry, pigeons, budgerigars and horses of every size from Shire to Shetland. The ground is firm and, with a good network of roadways across it, it will be well able to cope with the anticipated crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the unprecedented amount of rain that has fallen in the past five weeks the show field at Great Eccleston, situated on raised ground with a good slope, has drained well and remained firm.

The Great Eccleston Agricultural Show, staged in the heartland of the Fylde in Lancashire, draws both townspeople and country folk in great numbers from all over the Northwest with its unique blend of events.

On Saturday dairy cattle, sheep and heavy horses take centre stage, while poultry and pigeons are on show in the lower field. On Sunday it is the turn of beef cattle, light horses, goats and rare breeds of sheep, along with a ‘companion’ dog show. Pigs will be on show both days.

On display in the large marquees there is the range of crafts and skills associated with the country, cooking, handicraft, horticulture and local arts. Altogether this year there are some four thousand entries in more than 500 classes to be judged.

There will be demonstrations and displays, featuring the work of farmers, shepherds and rural craftsmen, and a Welsh Village to evoke the flavour of rural Wales. On Sunday there’s championship Cumberland and Westmoreland wrestling.

In the large Food Hall the emphasis is on local produce, with cooking demonstrations using locally sourced ingredients.

Great Eccleston is on this weekend, July 14 and 15.

The show ground is on the A586 at Great Eccleston, between St Michaels on Wyre and Poulton le Fylde, and is open from 8 am to 5pm. Parking is free.

Admission: £8(Seniors: £6, Children: £2).

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