Preparations for Leek & District Show are well underway at the new site at Longsdon with the car park fields having been mown for hay.
With over a hundred outdoor trade stands booked and a further fifty under cover it is clear that the business community are backing the return of the event after a two-year break.
Trade Stand organiser, Mike Ottewell stated “we are delighted with the response from businesses near and far which has allowed us to offer a broad range of interesting stands including agricultural machinery, feed merchants, dairy suppliers, motor dealers, builder’s merchants and clothing suppliers. In addition, we have discounted pitches for local charities including the food bank, scouts and the Samaritans.
No one should go hungry with food stalls ranging from hog roast, venison burgers and oatcakes with drinks, ice creams and pies aplenty”.
The livestock sections include cattle, sheep, and goats with a strong representation of heavy horses which, as tradition dictates, start the day off with judging in the main ring.
A second ring hosts private driving where local enthusiasts will compete in several classes including commercial vehicles. Section organiser, Sue Williams, commented “this is the chance for locals to start on the competition ladder and follow the footsteps of Les Oakes, who cut his teeth at this show in the 1970’s.”
The main marquees house a full range of craft stalls alongside competitions within the horticulture, flower design, homecrafts sections. This year there are no live poultry however there is provision for an egg section. Organiser, David Lowndes, stated “we are pleased with entries, especially in the junior’s section, where we wish to encourage an interest in growing food and decorative plants and maintain the competitive spirit upon which these shows survive.”
Family participation includes displays by two local dance troupes, a fun dog show, the Red Barrows and a dog and duck demonstration, along with a bouncy castle and fairground stalls close to the picnic area and bar.
The Farriers competition has attracted competitors from as far away as Scotland and Ulster with sixty boys and girls making horseshoes close to the horse competitions where classes include in-hand and ridden competitions.
A full day’s entertainment is on offer, with the tradition of meeting folk that you have not seen for a while, and the chance to buy local produce and celebrate the local rural economy.