IT’S the big August event that is always eagerly awaited – and never more so than this year.
Emley Show next Saturday (August 2) is the first to be held on a new 150-acre site at Factory Farm, Emley Moor.
The move was agreed following repeated problems with flooding at the old showground.
Last summer’s event was cancelled after several days of torrential downpours.
Organisers moved quickly to ensure that this year’s event could go ahead after Factory Farm – in the shadow of Emley Moor Mast – was suggested as a suitable venue.
The land is farmed by the Hampshire family who are pulling out all the stops to create an ideal site with roadways and gateways to cope with an expected 14,000 visitors with enough space for 14 marquees and trade stands and parking for 4,000 cars and horseboxes.
The plan was given the all-clear by the Savile Estate which owns the land, Kirklees Council, the fire service and police.
New for 2008 are a sheep section and ‘Scrufts’ dog show, with rosettes for the prettiest little dog, the most handsome big dog and the dog with the waggiest tail. These are in addition to the usual variety of classes.
The horse section will be busy all day with a large numbers of entries. Shire horses, donkeys, show jumping and ever-popular the Pony Club games will also feature, together with a children’s pet show.
Beef, dairy, Dexters and Highland cattle will be competing for coveted trophies. There are also sections for smaller animals such as rabbits and hamsters, amazing coloured poultry and caged birds.
Also not to be missed are the beautiful and fragrant flowers and intriguing bonsai trees.
Livestock and plant life aside, there will plenty to entertain all ages and – unusually for a summer show – one of the top attractions will be an ice skating rink!
Bourbon Street Roof-Raisers Jazz Band and Emley Brass Band will provide a musical backdrop to the day’s events.
Around the showground there will dry stone walling, woodcarving, stickmaking, farrier and bee-keeping demonstrations and an array of craft stalls, children's rides, a climbing wall, traditional Punch and Judy show and much more besides.
Show secretary Rachel MacKail said: “We are all extremely excited. I think it will be exciting for the public too, going somewhere new and not knowing what it’s going to look like. It is easy to get into a rut, but this should give us a big boost.”
After two wash-outs in the past five years, because of the river flooding at the back of the old Low Fields site at Litherop Lane, the organisers were in a position “where we really had to move,” Mrs MacKail added.
“Everyone was very disappointed last year when the show was cancelled. We put a lot of work into the show and we lost a lot of money.”
ADMISSION to the show is £7 for adults (aged 15+), £4 senior citizens, £2 children, free for under-5s.
In another ‘first’ for the show this year, mobility scooters will be available, free of charge, from the disabled parking area. Demonstrations can be arranged. For more information, contact Drivability on 01484-456404
A FREE bus to the showground will depart from Emley Cross at 9am, 10am and every half hour from 11am. The last bus will leave the showground at 5.45pm.
CONTACT: For more information phone Rachel MacKail: 07736-677-700 or visit the website: www.emleyshow.org.uk