Thursday, September 27, 2012

The 137th. Annual Eggleston Show



Eggleston, the last of the agricultural shows in my part of the Northern Pennines, is the subject of today's Guardian Country Diary. This year it moved to a new location at West Barnley, so the view from the commentary box, across the showground, extended all the way up the middle part of Teesdale to the fells on the horizon.


Perfect weather, with the sound of the Middleton and Teesdale Silver Band drifting across the events rings.


Judging the Highland cattle.


Some magnificent beasts ....


...... and a very young stockman .....



... who was a proud winner of a red first-prize rosette for his Highland calf.























I'm not sure what breed of sheep this is but the coat colour is very unusual.



Waiting for the start of the sheep judging which .....



... delivered a fine haul of winning rosettes.




A prize winning cockerel in the poultry tent .....


...... dahlias as big as a human head in the horticulture tent ....



... and, in the industry tent, the much-admired craft work of stick dressers, with walking stick handles carved in the form of .....




.... curlews, thistles .....



































.... and leaping trout.




































Only a second-place rosette for his Shetland pony, but the owner should have won a red rosette for that moustache.























Ponies and ponytails, perfectly groomed.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting show! I bet the first show would have had different farm animals.

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