Northumberland Show 2010 sets a new record

PUBLISHED: 08:31 30 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 20 February 2013

Heavy horse turnouts

Heavy horse turnouts

Records were broken at this year's Northumberland County Show, with more than 28,000 visitors and a rise in entries in all livestock sections

A record-breaking crowd of 28,200 visited the Northumberland County Show on May Bank Holiday this year.
It may be nothing like the 50,000 attendees of the old Tyneside shows on the same site in the 1950s but imagine, then, just a field and a couple of display tents compared to todays modern showground of main display arena, cattle, sheep, alpaca, goat, dog, fur and feather and light and agricultural horse dedicated sections, 300 trade stands and a working dairy parlour. Its a problem to squeeze everybody into the same site these days.
Secretaries and stewards saw a rise in entries - at least 50 entries in all the livestock sections, an unprecedented 170 more poultry and egg entries, and a rise entries in baking and preserves and
stick dressing.

This is a show for the farmer, the smallholder, the foodie exhibitor and the town and country visitor alike looking for an enjoyable day out with entertainment and a showground crammed with things to do, see and buy.
Visitors were able to view the livestock judging classes, the shearing competition, the World Championship heavyweight Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling challenge and The Imps motorcycle display featuring riders from five to 16 years old.
They could also see the skilled falconrydays.com flying display of hawks and owls, a special tractors through the ages display, a Battle of Britain Memorial flypast, a parachute display by The Golden Lions and the glorious Champions parade featuring all the award winners from the livestock classes.
Last years Champion of Champions, a Blue Faced Leicester Tup surprised everyone at the previous show; he was the second sheep ever to win the grand title. What happened this year was unheard of. The same Tup, now a year older and known as an aged Tup, won the very same title again.
Matt Robinson, retired exhibitor of agricultural heavy horses and this years Champion judge said there was something very special about this animal particularly. Hes the animal I would have liked to have taken home.
Owned by the Forster family of Hexham, Alan Forster had predicted something special was going to happen. There was something about him on show morning last year. He was up for it. He likes to show off. Incredibly Alan saw those very same qualities on the morning of this years show too.
Wylam Brewery took the opportunity to name a new beer The Champion depicting his portrait and the bitter went on sale for the first time in the public and members bars.
The show, run by volunteers with
extra help from the Young Farmers Clubs and Air Cadets on the day has been deemed as the best show ever in
its 30-year history.
You couldnt top it, says Chairman David Carr.

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