Mirfield Family Agricultural Show
Mirfield Family Agricultural Show is an annual agricultural and family fun day held at the Showground in Mirfield, West Yorkshire on the third Sunday in August. It is organised and run by the Mirfield Agricultural Society as a not-for-profit event, and regularly attracts over 10,000 people.
The show is centred around two rings. The Main Ring which hosts the Horse and Pony Show in the morning, followed by main attractions in the afternoon, which have included interactive demonstrations of dog agility, birds of prey, duck herding, sheep shearing, racing terriers, dancers, martial arts, Roman military re-enactments and classic car displays, parachute displays, kangaroo gymnastics, bike displays, amongst many others. It has also entertained the crowds with tug of war competitions, children's races, tripe, jelly and banana eating competitions and it's Bush Tucker Challenge. The second ring has local smaller attractions in the morning, and is followed by the Fun Dog Show classes.
Over the years the showground has also been home to several outdoor stalls, puppet shows, pony rides, fairground rides, fire service displays, animal displays, a food court and the award winning Knottingley Silver Band - not forgetting the symbol of show weekend - the marquee which is home to several craft stalls, plus various rabbit, pigeon, flower, vegetable and domestic exhibitors; all competing for Best in Show awards.
|Show Day - Sunday 19th August 2012|
Mirfield Show - a Glorious Family Day Out….
Mirfield Family Agricultural Show 2011 - Sunday 19th August 2011
The Showground, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9NE
Mirfield Family Agricultural Show will be held on Sunday 19th August at The Showground in Mirfield from 9am until 5pm - with entrance only £4 for adults (£2.50 in advance) and free for all children.
This family fun and agricultural show is one of the most popular and well attended annual summer events in the Yorkshire calendar. The shows roots are in the traditional Yorkshire agricultural shows but it has embraced the whole family and has a wide range of modern and traditional events.
It has attractions for all the family, and confirmed so far include: Can Can Equestrian Display Team, Savage Skills Bike Stunt Team, Rock Choir, The F1 Racing Bug, Knottingley Silver Band, Children's Games & Races, Dry Stone Walling, Army Band, Play Beach, Display Birds, Archery, Scarecrows, Cookery Demonstrations, Dancers, Pony Rides, Puppet Shows, Animal Corner, Youth Van, Fire Engine, Fairground Rides, Martial Arts, Trade Stalls, Craft Stalls, Food Court, Cocktail Bar, Beer Tent, plus much more.
This year also sees more competitions and classes than ever before, including classes for horses, ponies, dogs, tug-of-war, rabbits, eggs, flowers, vegetables, domestic, children's exhibits - plus have-a-go games, races, welly-wanging, fancy dress, bushtucker eating and rabbit jumping.
Children free, Adults £4, Advance £2.50
Horse and Pony Show starts at 9am. Stalls and Attractions open at 10.30am. Main Ring Attractions start at 12pm. Fun Dog Show starts at 1pm. Tug-of-War starts at 2.30pm. Closes 4.30pm.
|Founded in 1944 by the Mirfield Agricultural & Horticultural Society, the first annual Mirfield Show took place on Saturday 14th July 1945 in the Memorial Grounds opposite the current showground.|
Show President, Colonel James Walker, announced its aim was 'to bring a little sunshine into the wartime lives of local people' whilst the Chairman of Mirfield Urban District Council, Councillor J H Barraclough, upon opening the first show, said 'the show was a credit to the people of Mirfield' and that 'at a time when the country needs to produce the maximum amount of food, Mirfield was doing its best to lead the way by encouraging farmers to produce better agriculture and livestock'.
The first show had horses, cattle, dogs, rabbits, poultry, pigeons, trade stalls, horticulture and farm produce - much of which remains today - and within three years the show was bigger and better than ever, with record entries from all over the country. The show continued to grow to a peak in the 1960s with record number of entries and visitors, but after a brave battle following a few bad years, the show ceased during the 1980s.
Returned in 1995
In 1995, the idea to resurrect Mirfield Show was aired and Mirfield Agricultural Society was founded, and the show was moved to Sunday 20th August to avoid a clash with the booming Great Yorkshire Show. Betty Taylor, one of the original committee members, said its new aim was 'to organise something which reflected the spirit of Mirfield'.