A BUMPER turnout is expected at Penistone Show tomorrow.
Organisers of the 147th event think forecasts of good weather will bring out the crowds to enjoy a ‘day of discovery’.
“The weather forecast is really good and that is a massive thing in our favour,” said show secretary Rebecca Barnett.
“It looks like we are in for a really good day.”
This year’s show will feature several subtle changes aimed at giving the event a different feel. There is a new layout and introduction of ‘discovery hubs’ with lots of activities for children.
“We want to show that things are moving on,” said Rebecca.
“We aim to make the show fun for all the family. A great day out.”
There will be educational aspects too. For example, question and answer sessions as people visit the livestock pens. And the vintage vehicles section has been moved to another part of the showground.
“This is so we can show the vehicles in action, something we have never done before,” said Rebecca.
“We are looking forward to a fantastic show – which we hope will be even better than ever. We have quite a lot of new things lined up.”
Last year, around 10,000 people flocked to the showground – around double the 2017 attendance which was hit by shocking weather.
Promising ‘something for everyone’, the show will feature showjumping, shire horses, livestock and dog shows, more than 200 trade stands, children’s crafts, vintage vehicles, handicrafts, cookery displays, photography, live music, real ale and food.
There will also a young farmers’ area and a grand parade to round off the day. In a day of discovery’, visitors will be able to follow the journey of growth throughout the showfield, from seeing chicks hatch or flour being made into pizza, to the development in farming technology or how raw materials such as wool, become a knitted garment.
Penistone’s biggest and longest-standing event is still run by volunteers.
“This year we have worked hard to introduce a range of new ideas”, said Rebecca.
“Our new discovery hubs include everything from watching a Punch and Judy or finding out about ferrets through to making corn dollies, learning how to knit or planting seeds.
“At the same time parents can enjoy refreshments while listening to live music.”
Everyone who attends the show will get a free guide, which will contain a new discovery trail, for children to take part in.
A new online entry and application form for each section is now available along with a new website with lots of new features, updated maps and contact information.
The show runs from 9am to 6pm.