A “phenomenal” number of people put their skills to the test and entered competitions at Mirfield Agricultural Show today (Sun) - creating a demanding task for the panel of four judges.

The show had attracted a large crowd before lunchtime with early showers failing to put visitors off and most people turned up prepared for mud in walking boots and wellies following overnight rain.

The show was opened by BBC Weather presenter Paul Hudson, Mirfield Mayor Clr Sean Guy and Derek Highe from Robin Royd Christmas Lights.

Show chairwoman Karen Bullivant said: “We have had a phenomenal entry of more than 450 in the domestic competition.”

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That includes a wide range of skills and hobbies, from baking to handicrafts and wine making to photography.

The panel of judges were put together for their skills and knowledge in different areas.

While the show may have an agricultural theme, there was also a dose of adrenaline provided with a display by the Red Devils parachute team and entertainment to keep whole families satisfied, including music and a marching band as well as a children’s fancy dress show.

Classes included horses, baking, flowers, vegetable, children’s, rabbit, poultry and pigeon, all topped off with a fun dog show.

Karen said: “It is a little muddy underfoot, but people have turned up in walking boots and wellies so they are prepared for it.”

The event has been running since 1995 and is organised by a committee of volunteers who work over 12 months to ensure the shows are successful.

It attracts crowds of around 10,000 people to the Huddersfield Road showground.

“It is a very big event on a very small field. We are a voluntary committee and we take a year to plan for it,” she said.