Mirfield provides an all-star show!

Mirfield provides an all-star show!

HUGE crowds enjoyed everything from gymnastics to a sheep Grand National at the Mirfield Show last Sunday.

The good weather brought out an estimated 10,000 people to the annual spectacular on the town's showground.

Visitors came from as far afield as York, Newcastle, Derby and Liverpool for one of the biggest events in the area.

There were the usual flower and vegetable classes, with prize-winner Jack Barrow catching attention with an amazing 3-ft stick of rhubarb.

But the event is not a typical agricultural show, in that it features many attractions for the whole family.

There were brass bands, a tug-of-war, donkey rides, archery, dry-stone walling and a children’s fancy dress contest.

Regulars from Mirfield’s Navigation Tavern triumphed in the tug-of-war final against a team called the Village Idiots.

There was a bush-tucker trial, a banana-eating competition, welly-wanging and scarecrow-making.

One of the more unusual events was a sheep Grand National in which the animals jumped fences with cuddly toys as jockeys.

Even the flower and vegetable section had a hint of the unconventional, with categories such as best cactus and giant sunflower.

Mirfield couple Jenna Smythson and Mike Thompson attended with son Sam, six, and had a great time.

Jenna joked: “I’d like to volunteer as a cake judge for next year. It’s amazing to look at them but I want to eat them too.”

Organising committee member Richard Hartley said: “What was noticeable this year was that more shops were open and they were able to capture passing trade.

“We try to push the Mirfield Show as a family event. It’s a blend of what was put in place 20 years ago and newer attractions.”

 By David Miller

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