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Weardale Agricultural Show promises to be the quietest yet for the sake of the horses
AS agricultural show organisers make their annual boasts about putting on the biggest and best shows ever, one group have made a more unusual promise about this year’s event – it will be one of the quietest yet.
Organisers of the 144th Weardale Agricultural Show have shunned the usual noisy attractions, such as motorbike display teams, so as to avoid disturbing the dozens of horses set to display and compete.
There will still be a display of two-wheeled machines, but they will be pedal powered rather than motorised.
The mountain bike stunt show will be one of the main events at the show, which is taking place in St John’s Chapel in Weardale on Saturday, August 31.
Weardale Agricultural Society secretary Joan Warriner said: “The main arena is quite close to the horses so we had to have things that were entertaining for the crowd but were quiet so we didn’t upset the animals.
“It should still be an exciting day however full of all the things that make the show so special.”
The Weardale show is the traditional curtain raiser for the Durham dales show season, with Wolsingham the following weekend, then Stanhope and Bowes shows before Egglestone and finally Langdon Beck.
Other attractions at the show in St John’s Chapel showfield will include a farmer’s market, Highland dancing and a wildlife display, as well as games and attractions for youngsters.
There will also be the annual cross country run starting and finishing in the showground as well as displays of other outdoor pursuits such as archery and bale stacking.
The 234th Wolsingham Agricultural Show, which is England’s oldest, will be held the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8.
Noise is not an issue for the Wolsingham organisers with their main event being the Monster Car Crusher as well as other attractions.
The 172nd Stanhope Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, and the Saturday will also see the Bowes show taking place in Teesdale.
Eggleston will host its 138th annual show on Saturday September 21, with the show season rounded off by the Langdon Beck show on Saturday, September 28, which first ran between 1894 and 1908 before being resurrected in 2000.
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