THE MARQUEES will soon be going up for next weekend’s Mirfield Show, which promises plenty of fabulous entertainment for the thousands of folk will flow through the showground gates.
The fun starts early on Sunday August 18 and committee chair Karen Bullivant said: “I have now been chair for six years and again I am proud that the team have pulled together another entertaining, family show, with more competitions, attractions, stalls and exhibits than ever before – not just in the main ring, but all over the showground and in the marquees.
“Along with the weather, one of our main hurdles this year has been the ever-increasing costs, but as always it is important that it is an event for everyone and we are especially proud to say that it still remains free for all children.”
The day begins at 9am with the Horse and Pony Show in the Main Ring, followed by all the stalls and attractions opening from 10.30am.
Judging begins across the Flower, Vegetable, Domestic, Children’s, Rabbits and Egg classes from 11.30am before the official opening at 12pm. The Fun Dog Show also starts at 12pm in Ring Two and the Tug-of-War in the Main Ring from 1.30pm. The show closes at 4.30pm.
Show-goers will be able to watch Above & Beyond, a UK-based professional aerial display team.
The international performers combine the grace of dance with acrobatic agility and circus, to create highly-skilled, spectacular shows, which move from the ground up to 35ft in the air, with heart-stopping finales.
They have thrilled audiences all over the world and performances can include solo rope, singles or doubles trapeze, cradle, bungee trapeze, cloud swing to flying trapeze.
Agricultural entertainer Bob Hogg will also be in the main arena with two highly-entertaining displays.
His ‘Lamb National’ will see sheep, with their colours and jockeys on board, being paraded and introduced to the audience, with names such as Red Ram, Sheargar and Woolly Jumper.
They then race down a course of brightly-coloured jumps, accompanied by an amusing commentary.
Bob has also earned himself an excellent reputation for his highly entertaining and informative displays, in which dogs work sheep, geese and ducks.
He will be sharing his training methods as children are invited into the arena whilst the dogs work the ducks around an obstacle course, down a slide and into a pool.
But whether you are growing, showing, making, riding, petting or baking, it’s time to start preparing your entries.
This year there are more ‘Best in Show’ classes than ever before, with eight horse and pony classes, including the new family pony section,nine fun dog show classes, 42 different flower and vegetable sections, 19 children’s classes and numerous rabbit, egg and poultry classes.
There will also be more field competitions than ever before, with the annual Mirfield Show Tug-of-War Trophy to compete for, the children’s fancy dress competition, the All-Comer Games, welly wanging, adult bushtucker trials, kids’ banana eating, baby show, scarecrow competition and the family races to close the day.
Entrance on the day remains free for children and £5 for adults.
Programmes are also on sale across town and will be available on the day (sold by and in aid of the Forget-Me-Not Trust) for £1.
Advance Fasttrack Tickets (£3.50) continue to be sold from Ramsden’s Butchers, Beadelicious, Oops-A-Daisy and Perfection Nail & Beauty up to this Sunday – plus they will be available today (Fri) and Saturday from the central Co-op.
The popular free shuttle buses will continue this year, with parking at Castle Hall Academy and a drop-off outside the main entrance.
There is no visitor or disabled parking on the showground so organisers encourage people to take advantage of the buses and help reduce on-street parking around the showground. The free circular bus that was introduced last year will again be in operation.
This will leave and return back to the showground every half-hour, visiting all the bus stops along Parker Lane, Crowlees Road, Knowl Road, Water Royd Lane, Old Bank Road, Greenside Road, Dunbottle Lane, Church Lane, Huddersfield Road, Steanard Lane, Granny Lane, Calder Road, Newgate, and Huddersfield Road back to Mirfield Showground.
As well as this year’s main show and main family arena sponsor, DFS of Huddersfield, the organising team would like to thank all those who sponsor or assist Mirfield Show.