Bakewell Show returns for the 181st time

BAKEWELL Show – one of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK – is back in business next week.

The 181st event, which has evolved from a purely agricultural display to one offering a wide range of entertainment, is always held on the first Wednesday and Thursday in August, although some equine events will be held on Tuesday.

Attractions range from showjumping and the judging of sheep and cattle to horticulture, dog and floral art shows.

Organisers have decided that this year no charge will be made for children under 16.

Meanwhile, improvements are planned at the showground.

Brian Bakel, joint show director, said: “We are hoping that the 2011 Bakewell Show will go down into the history books as the last year that our show manager Janet Bailey and her team have had to work from the dilapidated wooden building which has been our headquarters for more than 60 years.

“It has been a long time coming but we have finally got planning permission for the new Bakewell Show office, and we are optimistic that by the time of the 2012 show our hopes have become a reality.”

This year’s president, Pat Lunn, has been associated with the show since 1969 when she became a volunteer. She has not only taken the top job, but is a member of the committee raising funds for the new Bakewell Show office.

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