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Halifax Agricultural Show regularly appears in the printed press as well as online and television. Here are some articles from over the years about some of the activities that have been going on…

Halifax Courier

Wednesday 23 October 2019

The show will go on! Organisers of the Halifax Agricultural Show say the event will be held next year, despite launching a fundraising campaign to generate £25,000.

Due to horrendous weather on the day of this year’s show, visitor numbers were down by 75 per cent, which organisers say leaves them with a huge hole in their reserves.The show is held annually at Savile Park and is organised by a small team of unpaid volunteers.
It features farm and domestic animals, local produce, flowers, fruit and vegetables, crafts, demonstrations and entertainment such as showjumping and vintage vehicles.The show’s website says the event will be held on Saturday, August 8.

Halifax Agricultural Society chair Jeff Gill said: “The Halifax Agricultural Society is run on a not for profit basis and its officers, committee and many willing helpers all work voluntarily. Its only income is derived from its membership subscriptions and the profits from the annual show. The show committee is happy to say that whatever happens, there will be a show in August 2020. However, because of the most appalling weather conditions for this year’s show, there was only one third of the normal attendance, thus gate receipts were down by many thousands of pounds and the result was a loss being recorded in the accounts.
“The committee consider that the Halifax Show is a community show, it has something for everyone and is for the whole community and not just agricultural. With that in mind we decided to raise awareness with the Just Giving appeal currently on Facebook. It gives the general public and hopefully all those who value the show as an important part of Halifax’s calendar the chance to donate as little or as much as they can to the Halifax Agricultural Society to enable it to have confidence to organise shows beyond 2020. The giving is completely voluntary and no one is under any pressure to donate but by giving the public chance to do so, through Facebook and Just Giving, the committee feel we are embracing the community spirit of the town of Halifax and even beyond.”

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Monday 12 August 2019

Crowds braved the rain to enjoy a feast of entertainment on Savile Park Moor on Saturday. It may have been wet but there was still plenty of fun to be had at this year’s Halifax Show. 16 fabulous pictures from Halifax Agricultural Show.

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Thursday 8 August 2019

There’s plenty to get involved in this weekend and throughout next week in Calderdale. 

It’s almost time for the baa-rilliant Halifax Agricultural Show to return to Savile Park for a fun-filled event for all the family on Saturday, August 10. Now in its 73rd year, the event showcases a wide variety of the best of traditional and modern classes and entertainment, which attracts families from all over the county.

This year, Halifax Agricultural Show welcomes more agricultural, countryside and community attractions than ever before to entertain the crowds. The sheep show will be introducing multiple breeds of sheep to the stage, each welcomed to the stage dancing to their own theme tune with a humorous and informative story to tell.

The birds of prey will have a diverse collection of more than 60 birds showcased at their static, handling and flying displays, and the dog and duck show will see dogs putting the ducks through their course of tunnels, slides, maltese cross, pool and pen. There will also be a number of performances throughout the day including Halifax RLFC’s Faxettes, Bluebells andBlue Dynamite, as well as The Accrington Pipe Band.

Other attractions include ferret racing, donkey driving, Punch and Judy, ferret roulette, stone carvers, a mini zoo, carousel rides, fire engine, face painting, alpacas, kids’ farm, family rides, play areas, donkey rides, children’s competitions, local community groups, and lots more being announced every day.

The gates open at 9am with the entertainment kicking off from 10am. The ever-popular fun dog show starts at 11am, with exhibit judging throughout the day.

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Tuesday 06 August 2019

All creatures great and small will be on show when Halifax Agricultural Show returns on Saturday. The event takes place on Savile Park Moor promises to be packed with something for all the family, showcasing a wide variety of the best of traditional and modern classes and entertainment. The gates open at 9am, with the entertainment kicking off from 10am. The ever-popular fun dog show starts at 11am, with exhibit judging throughout the day.

Among the attractions a this year’s Halifax Show will be multiple breeds of sheep, each welcomed to the stage dancing to their own theme tune with a humorous and informative story to tell, and more than 60 birds of prey showcased instatic, handling, and flying displays. Halifax RLFC’s Faxettes, Bluebells and Blue Dynamite will be performing their pre-match and half-time routines for the crowds, The Accrington Pipe Band will be marching and playing a vast repertoire of music, and of the most famous karate clubs in the world – Saxon Karate -will be showcasing their skills in the main ring.

Other attractions include ferret racing, donkey driving, bee displays, Punch and Judy, stone carvers, carting dogs, a mini zoo, circus acts, carousel rides, fire engine and face painting.

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Thursday 01 August 2019

It’s almost time for the baa-rilliant Halifax Agricultural Show to return to Savile Park for a fun-filled event for all the family on Saturday, August 10. Now in its 73rd year, the event showcases a wide variety of the best of traditional and modern classes and entertainment, which attracts families from all over the county.

“We understand that many family days out can be financially difficult for many people and therefore we wanted to ensure that show day will be as great value and entertainment-packed and as possible for the whole family,” said chairman of the show committee, Jeff Gill. “In fact, to make it even more great-value, until Wednesday, August 7 you can save 20 per cent on all advance tickets, whether bought from a local outlet or online.”

This year, Halifax Agricultural Show welcomes more agricultural, countryside and community attractions than ever before to entertain the crowds. The sheep show will be introducing multiple breeds of sheep to the stage, each welcomed to the stage dancing to their own theme tune with a humorous and informative story to tell. The birds of prey will have a diverse collection of more than 60 birds showcased at their static, handling and flying displays, and the dog and duck show will see dogs putting the ducks through their course of tunnels, slides, maltese cross, pool and pen. There will also be a number of performances throughout the day including Halifax RLFC’s Faxettes, Bluebells andBlue Dynamite, as well as The Accrington Pipe Band.

Other attractions include ferret racing, donkey driving, Punch and Judy, ferret roulette, stone carvers, a mini zoo, carousel rides, fire engine, face painting, alpacas, kids’ farm, family rides, play areas, donkey rides, children’s competitions, local community groups, and lots more being announced every day. The gates open at 9am with the entertainment kicking off from 10am. The ever-popular fun dog show starts at 11am, with exhibit judging throughout the day.

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Monday 13 August 2018
Crowds of excited visitors flocked to a baa-rilliant Halifax Agricultural Show at the weekend. The annual event takes place on Savile Park and features a whole host of animals, plants and things to see and do. The sun shone down as crowds gathered to watch the ever popular dog show and see beautiful floral creations inside the tent. Plans are already beginning for next year’s show on August 10.

Read more at https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Thursday 04 January 2018
Share this article Halifax Agricultural Society has announced that the 2018 Show will be held on Saturday August 11 at Savile Park. Last year’s event saw thousands of visitors attracted to the event which hosted thousands exhibits in hundreds of classes and competitions and main ring entertainment.

Mandy Bush, Show Secretary, said: “2017 had its challenges but the day was another success with thousands of visitors coming along from right across the region. “And 2018 preparations are well under way and it should be bigger and better than ever before.

Thanks to sponsorship from individuals, companies and organisations, the show is able to maintain a variety of classes and attractions which helps ensure a large attendance.

“Outdoor, charity, trade and field stalls are an important part of Halifax Show and are a great opportunity for local organisations and businesses to raise awareness and much needed funds,” added Mandy. “The show continues to grow and the stalls have become very popular which means space is limited and booking early is essential.”

Details for booking stalls, sponsorship packages and advertising opportunities are available now, with details on the website.

Read more at: https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Yorkshire Post

Friday 14 August 2015
A newborn baby has become the youngest lifetime member of the Halifax Agricultural Show after her mum went into labour on the showground. Richard and Amy Cade, of Sowerby Bridge, got more than they bargained for when they returned from a day at the popular event with their new bundle of joy.

It was two weeks earlier than Amy’s expected due date and it was a big welcome home for Richard, who had just returned from a three-month stint in Iraq, where he works as close protection medic. Proud Amy, 27, said: “Thank god he got home when he did, that was our first family day out in three months and what a day it was. “We were walking around and I had a few pains, but I just thought it was normal. “Then towards the end of the day we were heading up to go home and decided to sit down and have a drink and all of a sudden a massive gush came.

“I thought ‘oh my god’, it was really busy and I just said ‘I think my waters have broke’. All my family laughed and I said ‘no, something has happened’. “All the farmers were trying to make way for the ambulance and one said ‘don’t worry, we’re good with lambing’.

“The show people did a really good job of getting the ambulance in for me. I was just in shock, it was two weeks early and I wasn’t sure what the circumstances were.” Amy was rushed to Calderdale Royal Hospital where she gave birth via emergency caesarean section the following day to baby Nellie, who weighed 6lb 4oz. “We go to the show ever year without fail, it’s something we always do and it makes it even more special now,” Amy added. “It’s nice to think we can tell Nellie all about it when she’s older. She has been made a lifetime member and they have been really good to us.

“It just goes to show we do live in a great community.”

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Halifax Courier

Saturday 10 August 2013

Thousands of people flocked to Halifax Agricultural Show 2013, today. Savile Park Moor was packed with plenty of action and animals – there was something for everyone to enjoy. Crowds were entertained by new attraction Knights of the Damned with a breathtaking variety of medieval shows packed with stunts and horsemanship. Shiver me timbers – Welsh Axemen cut through lengths of timber to compete for the fastest time/minimum blows.

It certainly wasn’t be a baa-d day for those who watched Halifax Agricultural Sheep Show with Nobby the Norfolk Horn taking centre stage. There were a whole host of other attractions from Punch and Judy – fun for all the family, craft tent, cattle, horse jumping, goats, dog and duck display, vintage tractors, cars, and motor cycles, fun fair, donkey driving, and more.

Read more at: https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

Huddersfield Examiner

11th July 2013

A THREE-year-old is feeling anything but sheepish when it comes to agricultural shows. William Mullin, from Marsden, is fleecing experienced handlers to take home first place prizes in sheep showing. Having started when he was just two, William will soon compete in a Champion of Champions contest.

Proud mum Jamie Mitchell said: “He is such a keen farmer and has won lots of awards. “His latest competition was the Great Yorkshire Show. He competed in the three to nine-year-old category for sheep handlers and came second. The crowd roared as he collected his prize.” William comes from a long-line of successful handlers. His grandfather, 54-year-old Clive Mitchell, of Coldwell Farm, Holmbridge, started sheep showing when he was just 10. His father, 27-year-old Daniel Mullin, of Huck Hill farm, Marsden, has also recently got involved in the sport.

Jamie, who is chairwoman of Holme Valley Young Farmers, said: “William has competed in main events and won two. One of them was the trophy he took home from Harden Moss Sheepdog Trials. William’s grandad had won it for the past two years. “We are keeping it in the family. William has told me that he cannot wait to be a farmer. He goes to the shows and talks to all the farmers. He has developed a true broad Yorkshire accent and talks in lingo that some of us don’t even understand. Without knowing, the other day on the farm he released the sheep dogs and tried to round up the sheep by himself. He came back and told us that the dogs were already back in the pen.”

William started sheep showing when he was two after he trained his lamb, Laddie. He has won several competitions with his Shearling tuck Laddie but has now acquired a flock of sheep including a Derbyshire Gritsone and a Jacob. He will compete in August with his latest sheep Boris at the Halifax Agricultural Show.

To prepare for the event,William is responsible for washing the sheep, brushing them up and making sure that their behaviour is impeccable while they follow him around the ring. He must wear smart attire for the competition as he is also judged on this. Having won his category at Harden Moss Sheepdog Trials, William is due to compete against other winners in the Champion of Champions competition at the Hope Show in Derbyshire on August bank holiday weekend.

Read more at: http://www.examiner.co.uk