The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and it was raining a
bit - perfect conditions for the 169th annual Stanhope Agricultural Show to
kick off in true style.
The highlight of Weardale's social calendar, the show began way
back in 1834 and has taken place just about every year since (with
the exception of the war years and during the foot and mouth
Each year locals and visitors from far and wide descend on a
field just outside the town of Stanhope, County Durham, to witness
the best sheep, cattle, horses and produce that the local area has
There are prizes for the fluffiest (and most obedient)
The best painted stones
Delicious baking, jams and other tempting stuff
Not to mention a dazzling array of knitted goods and some
animals made from vegetables.
And for those looking for excitement and that all important
element of danger, the main arena plays host to show jumping, llama
racing and acrobats jumping over pieces of farm machinery.
Meaning there really is something for everyone.
Things hot up even further on Sunday as the annual bale pulling
and wife carrying competitions properly sort the men (and women)
from the boys.
And finally after two days of non-stop entertainment, it's back
to the beer tent for the chance to let off some steam to a night of
live music, which this year came courtesy of the north east's
premier Celtic rock cover band, the Emerald Thieves.
To miss it all next year would be a crying shame.
So go and write it in your 2011 diary in pen immediately.