Thousands expected to flock to Penistone Agricultural Show

10 July 2015

Thousands of people from across the region are expected to flock to one of the UK’s largest one-day agricultural shows this year.

Penistone Show will take place on Saturday September 12th on a 70 acre showground at the heart of the town’s rural community, surrounded by the South Yorkshire hills.

The 143rd show, will see more than 160 sheep, 80 pigs and 50 goats and, as well as poultry, horses and cattle, enter hundreds of classes to compete for the title of ‘best in show’.

The family event will also feature show jumping, live music, dog shows, arts and crafts and vintage vehicle displays amongst many other activities.

More than 200 trade stands, artisan craft, food and drink suppliers plus charity stalls will add to the event. And around 2,500 pints of beer are expected to be drunk in the beer tent.

Show manager Nicholas Hoyland said: “Penistone Show is an established part of Yorkshire’s rural calendar and we usually attract around 18,000 people a year depending on the weather, many coming back year after year.

“We’d love to see some new visitors this year too. Even after all this time, lots of people aren’t aware what a fantastic rural celebration is just on their doorstep.

“We are only a ten minute drive from the M1 and the cities of Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds, for example, are all within an hour’s drive away.”

Penistone’s Show’s record crowd was 28,000 on hot Saturday in 2012, after a very wet summer had rained off so many other agricultural shows.

The show is organised entirely by volunteers from the local community with a steering group planning the event all year-round and up to 250 others come along to help on the day – some preparing the showground and others running the many competitions for all ages held in everything from horticulture and handicrafts to home baking.

Nicholas, who has been show manager for 15 years, said: “The show is a real community effort run by volunteers and supported by local businesses.

“Our expert livestock judges travel here from as far afield as the Scottish borders, Norfolk and Wales. The show puts Penistone on the farming map and is something we are very proud of.”

Penistone Show was established in 1853. Livestock and farming competitions remain the heart of the show. New dairy heifer classes will be introduced this year. The show also has a close association with the Yorkshire Shire Horse Hiring Society.

The show’s official charity partner for 2015 is Yorkshire Air Ambulance who will receive donations from the sale of T-shirts featuring this year’s show mascot – a hand-reared pet sheep called Freddie. #WhereisFreddie T-shirts are for sale via www.penistoneshow.com And Freddie will be a star attraction at the show in his own pen.

Tickets for Penistone Show are also available via www.penistoneshow.com using Paypal – and can be bought from local shops. Visitors can pay on the gates too. Gates open 8am. The show remains open until dusk.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows some of the action from last year’s Penistone Show. Courtesy of Penistone Camera Club.

For further information, please visit www.penistoneshow.com

For media enquiries, please contact show secretary Rebecca Barnett on 07752 635 304 or show.secretary@penistoneshow.com Show manager Nicholas Hoyland is available for interview.

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or 0776 196 4492 or at steph@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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