Thousands get into festival spirit at Great Harwood Agricultural Show despite rain

-Credit: (Image: Chris Lacey)
-Credit: (Image: Chris Lacey)

Thousands of visitors from across the borough and beyond got into the festival spirit despite heavy showers during the Great Harwood Agricultural Show.

The annual event returned on Monday, featuring hundreds of entries for competitive classes for dogs, pygmy goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, light and heavy horses, shires and Shetlands, working hunters and show jumping. Guests were transported back to Medieval times with entertainment from ‘Knights of the North’ Les Amis Stunt Team Jousting Show, Scotland’s premier equestrian stunt team.

SMJ Falconry brought their birds of prey to the ground and put on a show, accompanied by a crowd-engaging commentary. Spectators were also impressed with the tricks of the miniature British Spotted Ponies.


Vintage and classic vehicles were on display and, for the first time, vintage tractors were also exhibited.

Chairman Stephen Horrocks said: “There were incredibly heavy showers on the day so we tried our very best. People got into the festival spirit and the people of Hyndburn did us proud.

“Everyone had a good time and there were plenty of smiley faces around the field and ample smiles from the traders too. It was great seeing young local farmers compete and the jousting event was highly entertaining.”

The annual event returned on Monday
The annual event returned on Monday

Children enjoyed free games and crafts as well as welly throwing, races, donkey rides, a fairground and inflatables, while canine owners tested their companions’ skills with the dog agility course. Organisers have worked incredibly hard over the past year to make the Bank Holiday event happen.

Families tucked into delicious food from around the world and browsed trade and charity stands.

North West Air Ambulance and Hounds for Heroes supported this year’s event.