Welcome to The Great Eccleston Show
The next Show is on Saturday 12th and Sunday13th July 2014
Over 50,000 people enjoyed the sunshine at Great Eccleston Show on the 13th and 14th July. The general public were delighted to bask in the sunshine and get out into the countryside and they weren’t disappointed, with an excellent demonstration of all that is good in the heartland of the Fylde coast in Lancashire. Great Eccleston continues to provide something for everyone and certainly justifies the event’s reputation as the best two-day show in the North-West.
On the first day some of the finest dairy cattle could be seen on parade in the main ring and with the Holstein breed being the most prominent in the area, a deserved winner was a local family, J Burrow & Son from Barton with Stardale Talent Adeen. Other fine examples of dairy cattle like Jersey’s and Ayrshires were also on display. Commentator Mike Keeble kept the watching crowd rapt as he explained the breeds being displayed before them and the importance of farming to our area, not least the country.
Well over 70 entries took part in a fiercely contested Shire Horse competition. With the winner of one of the classes going through to the Shire Horse of the Year contest. Animals had come from all over the country with the eventual winner going to a family from Derbyshire, L. M. Fountain with Woodhouse Calendar Girl. The rest of the animals on show included a large selection of pigs, goats and rabbits.
There was a strong line up of various breeds of sheep on Saturday with Suffolks, Texels, Charollais and Swaledales to name just a few. A Texel owned by F.A. Nairey from Blackburn won Champion sheep. On Sunday a wonderful display of Primitive and Non-Primitive Rare Breed sheep delighted the visiting public.
On Sunday Beef cattle were on display these enormous animals bred for their fat and meat content weighed into the main ring with the outstanding winner, a British Blue, Ross Bridog owned by Phil Halhead from Cockerham.
Some of the finest horses that the general public, potentially, had ever seen were present at the show with Ridden Hunters, Mountain & Moorland and In Hand Sports Horses making a stunning spectacle in the main ring. Junior and Senior Jumping classes took place giving the general public a reason to sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
The marquees around the show-field were packed with wonderful exhibits of art, tapestry, knitting, cakes, floral art, vegetables and home-made wine and honey. One of the organisers said “it’s the people who take part that make this show one of the best”. Without any doubt that was seen more than ever in a packed Children’s section with St Mary’s RC Primary School taking home the cup!
The Food Hall was once again brimming with tasty treats from all over Lancashire. Locally smoked meats, home-made fudge and black puddings were just a few of the morsels that could be picked up whilst wandering round.
Other areas of the show included a thriving craft tent, wood cutting, weaving, vintage cars and tractors, a fairground and a local history marquee, confirming the shows links with villages from all over the local area.
Tractor Pulling for the British Championship took place. The 1000’s of people that packed the banks of the track were greeted with a fantastic spectacle and as ever, a deafing noise from the aircraft engines that power the larger machines.
Other powerful machines, included the Young Farmers Club with a thrilling Tug of War competition which the crowds really got behind, shouting for their favourites and resulting in the strongest of them all Bilsborrow B Team winning the title!
Show Secretary Sheila Robinson said “what a fantastic show we’re having but without the amazing team of people behind the scenes giving up their time and energy over the two days this spectacle wouldn’t be possible”
Press Officer Fiona Drummond said “what an amazing couple of days, the weather has blessed us this weekend and everyone is having a wonderful time. There’s so much to see here at Great Eccleston Show that all the family is entertained and remembering what a great time they’ve had will hopefully come back next year!”
All in all, Great Eccleston Show proved once again that they really know how to entertain the crowds and with the amazing weather and an army of willing helpers, we will be back next year to enjoy another fabulous weekend!