At this year’s Glendale Show being held on Monday August 30th people can take a break from the cattle pens to enjoy the catwalk.
Rachel Smith, Secretary of the Glendale Show
At heart, this a country show where the livestock and equine classes and the Horticultural and Industrial Sections together attract hundreds of entries. People prepare their sheep and their shallots and their sweet peas. They prepare and polish their cattle and their courgettes, their ponies and potatoes. This year however there are number of firsts for Glendale Show:
Zwartble Sheep will make their first debut at the show and the livestock committee are delighted that sheep, cattle and goat classes have been exceptionally well supported, with entries well up on last year and a number of people showing their livestock for the first time.
A brand new Entertainment Marquee is a centrepiece featuring fashion shows, cookery demonstrations, live music and, a celebrity Ready Steady Cook
Good Health Wooler organised by the local Healthcare Trust, this will be based in a dedicated area of the snowfield, and will focus on Healthy Living in Glendale.
Priding itself on being a vital window for rural life, Glendale Show is an important part of the social calendar for both town and country visitors across the North East and the Scottish Borders. This is a community event bringing together businesses, organisations and individuals from all walks of life. This year is the 118th Glendale Show and entries and exhibits are up on last year, along with the increased support from longstanding and new sponsors.
Every year the main ring is very much at the heart of the show - it is where people picnic and party and where everyone can enjoy the main ring attractions. The City of Newcastle Pipe Band starts the afternoon’s programme. The Red Devils Parachute Display team, The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team and Horse Ball are the key highlights, with popular favourites The Equine fancy dress, and the parade of Foxhounds.
The Grand Parade of Livestock is a very important part of the main ring programme as it profiles the overall champion and champions in their breed sections. This year the parade incorporates a number of presentations to those who have been involved in The Society and Agriculture in Glendale for many many years. This includes:
- presentation to retiring president Mr Duncan Davidson
- Presentation for the overall Cattle Champion
- Presentation to the winner of The Borders Livestock Carcase Competition
- Presentation to the Winner of the George F.White New Enterprise Award
- Presentation of the Long Service Awards.
Many people ask if this event is only for farmers – absolutely not. People come to get both a flavour of the food, the local area, and to look at the livestock and industrial tents. They come to take part in the activities in the Countryside marquee, to show their dogs, to listen to music and to shop. The Glendale show is a great day out.
Rachael Smith, the Show’s Secretary, gives feedback on the vital role of sponsors in keeping the show going: “This year we have received more support and sponsorship than ever before. Without this it really would be almost impossible to organise what I know is going to be a fantastic day out. Our major sponsors this year are National Grid, Rix Petroleum North East, Lazy Grace, the Northumberland National Park, George F. White and Ford and Etal Estates. Thanks to them we have a Show!”
On the 30th August Bank Holiday Monday Glendale Show is certainly the place to be. The gates open at 9.00am. For more information, please see www.glendaleshow.com.
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