Show returns with woolly theme

The biggest of the summer show series is to return next weekend – and for the first time ever the Glendale Show will have a theme, Year of the Sheep.

This ties in with Glendale’s most significant country asset and honours the Chinese current Year of the Sheep.

Taking place on Monday, August 31, at the showground in Wooler, the show has adopted the thematic approach. From donkeys to dahlias and equine fancy dress to knitting, the theme will be ever present on the day.

The Glendale Agricultural Society’s (GAS) red letter day is one for all the family.

From motorbike stunt shows to Wild West horse displays, there is always something going on in the main ring.

In addition, there are marquees crammed with art, crafts, displays, floral arrangements, baking, and more than 200 trade stands.

As always for the show, one of the highlights will be the plethora of livestock classes.

With just under 100 classes this year, organisers are expecting another record-breaking number of entries, and hope to exceed the 475 head of livestock that exhibited in 2014.

New for this year will be a special prize for the best Ryland Sheep, building on the huge expansion of livestock classes that took place last year.

Chief livestock steward Andrew Walton said: “We are delighted that in recent years classes of all kinds have become increasingly popular, and we are constantly looking to expand into new areas to accommodate this interest.

“We are attracting exhibitors from further afield, and as usual have a very high calibre of judges.

“The Glendale Show was very much built on and around livestock, and certainly now we are in the 21st century, we’re delighted that we are still firmly established as one of the leading livestock showcases in Northumberland.”

To tie in with the theme of the Year of the Sheep, the livestock section has created a new competition, which is a first for the Show, the Flock Competition.

This contest offers farmers in advance of the show the opportunity to be judged on the quality of their flock management and their ability to maximise its potential, not just the quality of an individual animal like other classes.

Judging before the show will be Charlie Walker, a finalist in Farmers’ Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year contest 2012. The prizes will be presented at the show.

Another new attraction for the show will be classes for miniature donkeys.