The weather gods were benevolent in Glanton on Saturday 13th August, despite a very windy day for set up on the Friday, which was severe enough to blow one marquee down, the show day was much milder and the crowds enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon in this most scenic of locations.
There were strong entries in the exhibition marquee with about 550 adult entries. Some of those showing flowers were complaining about the weather over the previous week but they managed a superb display nonetheless, the sweet peas especially wafting wonderful scent around the tent. There was a good number of entries in the traditional baking and preserves classes, some beautiful craftwork pieces, artwork and a very good entry in the photography sections, and as always lots of children's entries showing wonderful imagination and skill.
There was much to see on the show field, the main display in the ring was a most enjoyable display of gun dog training (and indeed just basic dog training) from John Cavanah of Patnavac Gundogs. In addition the West Percy Hunt brought some of their hounds from the kennel at Beanley and many of the children had a wonderful time getting up close to the hounds and seeing what wonderful dogs they are.
The fell race had an excellent entry and the winner ran an extremely quick time coming home over a minute ahead of the second runner. Prizes went to the fastest three in each of men's, women's and juniors.
In addition to various commercial stands and craft displays there was a good selection of classic cars ranging from the 1930s onwards, a Fire Engine and crew, some very cute looking alpacas and a children's funfair with slide and bouncy castle to add to face painting, storytelling and kiddies sports to keep the whole family amused.
The pony sports provided a most scenic backdrop and saw the best entry for many years and with some intense competition.
Terrier racing Glanton style which is somewhat more informal than at some shows is always a favourite and proved as hilarious as usual with some dogs failing to get the hang of it while others were almost professionals.
The overall feeling at the end of the afternoon was of a very relaxed and friendly show, masses of entertainment and much good humour. At the prizegiving at the end of the show one competitor was heard to tell show President Susan Collingwood-