It's all down to tradition.

And Charles Kaye, president of Honley Show, has vowed to do all he can to maintain a proud tradition which dates back the best part of a century.

Records show the first annual Honley Show was held in 1921. The date was August 27 and the admission charge was 1/6d, or 7.5p in today’s money.

Things have changed somewhat but the ethos remains the same. As Charles Kaye said, it’s still an agricultural show.

Admittedly now there is almost as much interest in the Red Arrows Simulator and the gleaming new cars and the dozens of trade stands selling everything from hand-made sofas to carved wooden mushrooms, as there are in the cattle, pig and goat classes.

But the organisers of that very first show who vowed to hold vegetable classes for local allotment holders, together with a brass band contest and gala, would be proud to see the tradition remain.

Many thousands flocked to the showground at Farnley Tyas on Saturday and were treated to a great day out.

The weather which had caused problems for the show officials on Friday evening, with torrential rain meaning tractors had to be brought in to get vehicles on and off the showground, was kind. The rain held off until late afternoon and events went ahead as planned.

Arena attractions included a motorcycle stunt show, birds of prey and a tractor parade.

Mr Kaye said: “It has been another good year. We don’t have the exact figures but the attendance has been good and everyone I have spoken to has had a good time.

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“There have been some really good entries in the livestock classes and many new attractions like the Yorkshire Regiment, who went down really well with the youngsters with their assault course.

“None of it would be possible without the help of our volunteers and sponsors, and I thank them all.

“It does get more and more difficult each year to put on a show but we are determined we will keep the tradition going. Our objective is to keep Honley Show as a tradition in this area for years to come.

“At heart it is still an agricultural show and there is something good about seeing young children get so close to cows and pigs.”

94th annual Honley Show Owl demonstration in the main arena.

His sentiments were echoed by Cynthia Osborne, who was again in charge of the cattle classes.

There were some stunning beasts on show in the huge marquee and young children pressed their noses up to the thick steel fences to be within inches of almost a tonne of prime Hereford or Aberdeen Angus beef, groomed and preened for hours to be at their best.

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Mrs Osborne said: “We are delighted with the number of entries and with the standard. It is a great show.

“The kids love to see the cattle. They may see them in the fields but here they can walk up to the stalls and see them very close.

“The exhibitors, who come from all over the region, also like the chance to chat to people who have come to see their animals.”

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In this era of computer games and tablets, it was also refreshing to see youngsters enjoying traditional activities.

The donkey rides were great hit as was the Punch and Judy show, which performed to packed crowds.

Puppeteer Tony Clarke gave his first performance at Great Yarmouth beach back in 1976 but the art dates back to Italy in the 1660s.

Londoner Tony, a veteran of eight Honley Shows, said: “It’s such a change for the youngsters who sit with their computer games.

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“When I grew up we were out playing all the time and traditions like Punch and Judy were a treat.

“They love the comic characters, the fact that the characters get called stupid names, and they can let rip and shout back at the show.

“Honley’s a great show, a great tradition, and it’s great to be here.”