IT’S SHOW TIME!
With your help and involvement, small local agricultural shows such as the Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show can still have a place in our communities for many more years to come
For over 100 years an agricultural show has taken place in Longridge, an annual social event organised by and for the benefit of the farming community. Whilst the numbers of farms have decreased over time, and the make-up of the community has changed, the driving force behind the event remains as: “The promotion and general advancement of the science of agriculture and horticulture in their widest sense.”
So, although in 2019 many of the people involved in organising the event are not from a farming background, they share a commitment and responsibility to inform, explain and educate the general public about agriculture and horticulture so that from an early age we all understand and value its importance in today’s society.
To achieve this the show features all the traditional sections and classes associated with such agricultural events including cattle, heavy horse, light horse, sheep and poultry sections as well as horticulture, crafts, WI and a huge children’s section of hand writing, pictures and crafts, which is amazingly well supported by local primary schools.
Visitors to the show expect a great day out and a variety of entertainment for the whole family which includes a large pedigree dog show, vintage vehicles, demonstrations of local crafts and a children’s entertainment area where purchasing a wristband for just £5 gives unlimited access all day to all the activities and rides in the children’s area. There are donkey rides, carousels, bouncy castles, climbing wall, slides, face painting, a circus performer and other activities!
While agricultural shows take place just once a year, the efforts and fund raising required to ensure that they remain a part of our heritage is a year-round challenge for the committee members and ‘friends’ of the show. To ensure this they need the resources to go out into the community and take school children on farm visits, and they also need help from the local community:
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SHOW
For just £20 you receive two free entry tickets to the show. The membership form is easily downloaded from the show’s website www.glashow.org.uk. A strong membership group which subscribes each year helps enormously to underwrite the cost of putting on the show and very much helps to ensure the show’s survival.
You’ll also be kept informed of the many social events and fundraisers that take place across the year such as Gin and Tapas nights, Wine and Cheese nights, frog racing, Christmas Bingo and hog roasts to name just a few!
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AND / OR SKILLS:
The lifeblood of the Goosnargh and Longridge Show are the volunteers who put in endless unseen hours to ensure that each year the show goes ahead. If you think you can spare some time and make some great friends along the way, please contact the chairman Adrian Hill on 01772 780333 for a chat.
GOOSNARGH & LONGRIDGE AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Longridge Showground, Lower Lane
Tickets available from:
Adrian Hill 01772 780333
Barry & Jean Hill 01772 780520
The Heritage Centre, Berry Lane, Longridge 01772 437958
Registered Charity: 1008284
Registered Company: 02680879