Best of rural life to be celebrated

Etal Show
Etal Show

Etal will host its annual horticultural show on Sunday, combining traditional aspects of rural life with modern entertainment.

The 79th staging of the show promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring more than 170 classes and several headline performances.

The show is supporting Heatherslaw Mill, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its restoration.

Etal Show brings together the whole community, from expert gardeners and bakers to special classes for children and novices. The main marquee will display the entries for the vegetables, flowers, bakery, handicrafts, needlework, photography, sticks and children’s work.

Richard Baker, of the show committee, said: “Etal Show is a wonderful event that draws crowds both young and old. We are very keen to preserve the traditional and maintain our quoits competition which has its origins in the 1800s, however we also aim to grow as an organisation and celebrate modern rural life.

“If you’ve never entered a village show before, Etal Flower Show provides a fantastic opportunity to get involved.

“Who knows, you might end up getting the showing bug!” Several of the competition classes will be themed around the anniversary, including Lord Joicey’s special class for the year, Water, which will include a mounted photographic display.

No Etal Show would be complete without the field attractions, which this year include The Drakes of Hazzard, a sheepdog and duck performance act once seen on Blue Peter.

For a full list of classes and rules, go to, where competitors can also download an entry form.