Breath-taking international trapeze artists and a Grand National for sheep will be the headline attractions at next month’s award-winning Mirfield Show.

Up to 10,000 people attend the annual event and organisers hope this year’s show will be better than ever.

The show, which won Best Community Event in the Examiner Community Awards 2013, will be held at Mirfield Showground in Huddersfield Road on Sunday, August 18.

Headline act Above & Beyond is an acrobatic and trapeze group which has thrilled audiences all over the world.

Part of the spectacular show takes place 35ft off the ground.

Mike Wright, who founded the group more than 15 years ago, has produced shows for the Brit Awards, Euro Championships, Simply Red, Barnum & Bailey Circus and Channel 4.

Bob Hogg, described as an “agricultural entertainer” will stage the Lamb National, which will see sheep race and jump fences with ‘jockeys’ on their backs.

Bob’s sheepdogs will round up ducks and work them around a water-filled obstacle course.

The show will include the traditional favourites including the horse and pony show, the tug-of-war, children’s rides, the bushtucker trials and welly-wanging.

There will be bands, music, dancing and about 60 stalls.

Big attractions are likely to be meerkats in the mini zoo.

There will also be exhibits in hundreds of classes and competitions including: horses, dogs, rabbits, poultry, eggs, flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, children’s games, family races, and banana eating, a baby show, build-a-scarecrow, creative writing, fancy dress and tug-of-war.

Show chairman Karen Bullivant, said the aim was to ensure a fun-packed, low-cost summer’s day out for the whole family.

Entrance for children remains free and most of the classes and competitions are free to enter.

Families can also bring their own picnic.

Mirfield Town Council usually pays for the show marquee but, due to the �10,000 cost of keeping open the town’s public toilets this year, only �1,000 has been awarded.

Mrs Bullivant said: “This year has been financially a little harder as our costs continue to rise – the marquee alone is over �7,000 – but we are determined as always to put on a show with entertainment the public are unlikely to have seen locally before.”

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