THE 179th Stanhope Agricultural Show celebrated the best of Weardale at the weekend.

Large crowds enjoyed a packed two day schedule which include horse and pony classes, showjumping, sheep, cattle, donkeys, fur and feather, industrial and small livestock and sulky racing on Saturday.

Competitions included horse and pony classes, a gymkhana, dog classes and dog agility tests, horticulture, a pet show and pet racing and vintage vehicles.

Entertainment ranged from clog dancing and live music to alpacas, camel racing and stunt driving skills displayed by Darlington’s Paul Swift

After a hiatus due to coronavirus, the two day event was a welcome opportunity for the rural community to gather.

General secretary Lisa Johnstone said: “We’ve had visitors from Scotland and Cumbria as well as across the North-East.

“We’re a traditional agricultural show and it’s been lovely for people to come together ad celebrate the best of Weardale.”

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