Chipping Show celebrates all aspects of farming and rural life

With classes for sheep, cattle, light horses, ponies and shire horses plus poultry, pigeon and egg sections, Chipping Agricultural Show will be held on 22nd August and represents a great day out for all the family!

There are also classes for cheeses, handicrafts, cakes and preserves, a large horticultural section plus children’s, dog and baby sections. There will also be more than 50 trade stands and a craft marquee packed with local rural crafts.

Sample the cuisine in the speciality food producers marquee, there are also vintage vehicles on show plus entertainment for children and main arena attractions throughout the day.

Dogs are welcome and their owners can enter them in the Dog Show on the day.

With the backdrop of Parlick Fell, the show ground is a five minute walk from the centre of Chipping village which is in the picturesque Forest of Bowland AONB.

The first Chipping and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show was held in 1920 on a field off Goose Lane, which belonged to a pioneer of the event, Miss Margaret Knowles, who ran a farm and dairy which produced 100 Lancashire cheeses per week, each weighing 50lb!

The ensuing annual shows were held at various venues in and around the village, but during the war years the normal show was cancelled. However Chipping, Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Societies worked together and ran small shows to raise money for the Red Cross.

When Japan surrendered in August 1945 Chipping and District Agricultural Society held their 21st show the following September for war charities. The profit was £174, which was a record at that time.

In the 1950s the show began to struggle in terms of finance and organisation. However slowly but surely as a result of hard work by the committee, the reputation of Chipping Show has grown and has become established as one of the finest village shows in the region.

Held in an idyllic unspoilt setting, the show represents a window on today’s country life.
The event will be clearly signposted from Longridge and Clitheroe directions.

22nd August 2015
A great family day out!



Tedd Walmsley

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