Sun shines on show with ‘old-fashioned feel’

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There was entertainment galore, a good standard and number of entries and plenty to see and do as Ingram Show and Sports took place on Saturday.

Aside from the exhibits in the horticultural, industrial and children’s sections in the show tent and the sheep judging outside, there was plenty of action in the showfield.

The women's team taking the strain.

The women's team taking the strain.

The dog show, pony sports and terrier racing all attracted a number of competitors while the children’s and adult sports were popular with both entrants and spectators.

Towards the end of the afternoon, the tug of war drew a good crowd ahead of the day being rounded off with the running of the famous Ingram Hill Race, which was won by Cameron Harrison. S Mitchell took the ladies’ title, while W Nelson was the quickest junior as well as the first local home.

Heads on the Block provided the musical accompaniment on the showfield, while inside the village hall, Andrew and Margaret Watchorn performed as people enjoyed tea, coffee and homemade cakes and sandwiches.

This year’s show also had a strong focus on local agriculture and history including a talk by Hans Porksen, The Sheep Story – From Hill to Plate, Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns – a look at the history and role of sheep farming in the area and a demonstration of sheep herding with dogs and ducks.

Show secretary Joyce Clayton said: “It is hard to talk about the show without mentioning the weather, which once again was very kind to us, staying dry and bright all day.

“There was a good turn-out of visitors with a healthy number of entries into the dog show, some regular competitors and some new faces.

“The standard of entries in the industrial and horticultural tent was very high; this has been a good growing year for most things.

“Children were very well catered for and brilliantly entertained by Uncle Brian’s Punch and Judy as well as the customary bouncy slide and roundabouts.

“There was an excellent range of stalls both inside and outside the craft tent, lots for visitors to look at and enjoy or even start their Christmas shopping.

“Children’s and adults’ sports were well supported, and the excitement of the terrier racing had everyone buzzing.

“The day ended as usual with the famous Ingram Hill Race, a real challenge to scramble up Brough Law with no time to take in the views!”

The show weekend ended on Sunday with the Ingram Show Tatty Dig, which involved growing potatoes in a bucket to see who could grow the heaviest yield.

Three entrants managed over 2kgs from their plant, but the overall winner was Jean Givens with an impressive 2.42kg. The children’s prize was won by Sebastian Sharrocks with an equally impressive 1.71kg.