Mirfield Show keeps growing

THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend this year’s Mirfield Show, the town’s big day out.
The show will be held a week on Sunday and organisers are hoping for great weather once again.
Last year’s sunshine brought up to 10,000 people through the gates at the showground in Huddersfield Road, and organisers are hoping for another bumper turnout.
Families in Mirfield and beyond always mark Mirfield Show weekend in their diary. It’s guaranteed to be brilliant fun for young and old alike.
This year’s show will be held in memory of former show committee chairman and local councillor Betty Taylor, who passed away in March.
Betty was one of the committee founders and her family have donated three prizes in the domestic cookery competition in her memory.
The prizes will be presented in the main ring by Betty’s grandson James.
Show publicity officer Richard Hartley said this year’s show would build on the success of last year.
“It was superb last year and we are hoping for even better this time,” he said.
“The committee has worked really hard once again and the only thing we can’t organise is the weather. The sun really makes the day but Mirfield Show is a fantastic day out whatever the weather.”
It costs upwards of £15,000 just to stage the show, so people are urged to bring family and friends to ensure Mirfield Show continues into the future.
Show chairman Karen Bullivant said last year’s show was very successful and wanted to thank everyone who helped make it so.
“Because it was so successful last year we have been able to invest in some bigger attractions and facilities this year,” she said.
“I hope everyone will coming along and enjoy them and help us make it another great day for Mirfield.”
This year’s show will be officially opened by Huddersfield Town legend Andy Booth.
Boothy, as he is known by fans, retired as a player last year but stayed on at the club as an ambassador.
Andy travels all round Kirklees promoting the club.
Last year Town manager Lee Clark opened the show and eager young supporters queued for his autograph.
Andy will officially open the show at 12noon in the main ring but the show gets underway long before that.
The gates open at 8.30am and exhibit entries and the horse and pony show starts at 9am.
There are masses of attractions for all the family from a fun dog show to welly wanging, a scarecrow competition to banana eating.
There is the serious competition of the flower and vegetable show and animal classes alongside the less serious such as the comedy gymnastics display, the puppet show and rabbit jumping!
One of the keenest fought contests is the tugofwar. Last year Mirfieldbased Haigh’s were beaten after five years as show champions.
The new champs with the Misfits, led by local businessman Alan Chappelow.
Alan and two of his teammates John Greenwood and Andrew Mate all represented England in their younger days, so had something of a ‘professional’ advantage.
Haigh’s are bound to be out for revenge!
Admission to Mirfield Show is by programme available throughout the town at £2.50 for adults or £3 on the day. Children go free.

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