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Thousands are expected at Gargrave Show
8:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Gargrave Show this weekend for a spectacular day of animal displays, vintage cars and rousing music.
More than 6,000 people turned out for the show last year and organisers are expecting Saturday’s event to be as popular as ever.
Sue Brown, secretary of Gargrave Show, said: “I enjoy the show tremendously. The weather was kind to us last year; it was a beautiful summer day.
“The weather forecast is for it to be warmer at the weekend and we’re hoping it stays dry. I don’t think it’ll dampen our spirits even if it does rain.”
Particular highlights include the Pendle Dog Agility Club. “That will be a really good, entertaining thing for people to watch,” said Sue.
There will also be a gun dog display and dog owners will be invited to join in with their animals. “It’s going to be something unusual for people to see and take part in,” said Sue.
Other attractions to watch out for include the shire horses and foals, and Haworth Band, which played at the show last year, was so popular it has been invited back again. Last year’s classic car show prompted 40 entries this year, double last year’s total and as a result the number of classes has been increased.
In the fell race, £50 has been offered by Ribblesdale Motors to the runner who can smash the race record, which has been held for some years.
Tom Bannister, the managing director of Coniston Hotel who died in a car crash in June, is remembered with a memorial trophy which has been donated by his parents, Michael and Ethne Bannister.
The Tom Bannister Memorial Trophy will be given for the best ridden hunter – Tom was a keen sportsman and joint master of the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt.
Bovine TB has hit a few farms in Craven this year but the show has taken guidance from DEFRA and can guarantee that the show field is TB-free.
As a precaution, instead of using a cattle house, they are setting up a marquee with an open side to allow air circulation.
The 109th Gargrave Show will be held on Saturday August 17; it starts at 9am and closes at 6pm. Entry is £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for children under 14.
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