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Date & Time: Sunday 3rd September 2006.

Location : The Loweswater and Brackenthwaite Agricultural Show

Corn How Farm, Lorton Valley, Cumbria, Uk.

Details : The Show runs all day with entertainment and events both on the field and in the Craft Barn.

With : Ann and the dogs, friends and OFC members, most of the valley folk and and lots of visitors.

Weather : Cool with slight rain till 11am, then steadily clearing to give a dry afternoon.

This year the show has changed to it's new date of the first Sunday in September.

The show field starting to fill up, as a steady stream of cars bring competitors and visitors to the show.

The weather has not been kind, but the forecast is for the weather to improve during the day.

The Show enjoys the use of one of the large valley fields, overlooked by the imposing slopes of Hopegill Head and Whiteside.

First we made our way to the Craft Barn to help set up the room, and then spend a short time selling raffle tickets

~ Hope you won something if we sold you a ticket ~

This is the Women's Institute home produce table. Behind is a pottery stall from the Kirby Stephen Pottery.

Wood turning, jewellery and clocks ~ something for everyone.

Over in the field the show is already under way. Here the Mountain Pony section parades for the judges.

Time to pop into the Industry Tent to deliver our potential prize winning exhibits.

Lots of people are bringing the produce of their labours too. (Ann's gingerbread is in front of the lady in light blue ~ keep your fingers crossed.)

   
White Bread, brown bread, Cakes and the rest ...
and a profusion of colour in the flower section.

Fine flower arrangements, these in the competition section called "Shepherd's Delight"

Back outside, Jo and John check out the sheep section.

Two Texals with their special show colouring ~ dressed to impress.

   
Jacobs Sheep . . .
and the local Herdwicks classes.

Judging is a serious matter as reputations are made and value increased with a Best in Show award.

Keen to impress, this young lady makes sure her Swaledale is in top condition.

The Hounds on display in the judging ring.

The Cattle tent. They are huge animals close up.

Back in the Industrial Tent, the judges have done their work, and the results are displayed for all to see.

This part of the photo section displays the "Best Photo with Suitable Caption" pictures.

A first for myself - subject, Wildlife.
A second for Ann, photo & caption
A third for Jenna, photo & caption.
Best Old Greetings Card, Ann

 

The Show has exhibits from the valley's youngsters. These are some of the "Beach Scene on a Biscuit Tin Lid" entries.

Two young winners in the Handwriting Competition.

The field generally held up well after yesterday's heavy rain, but the entrance did became rather muddy. Assistance was on hand though when required.

In this picture, the crag behind the show field, half way up the left hand side of Dodd Fell, was the top turning point in the Senior Fell Race.

   
The junior race winner (on a slightly shorter course)
The Senior winner on the way back to the field.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

They had their own display area, and also provided valuable marshalling support for the fell racing.

Carriage driving competitions.

The World Owl Trust representatives from Muncaster in West Cumbria were here with two of their magnificent birds.

   
An Eagle Owl . . .
and a beautiful Barn Owl

 

   
A prize winning old static engine display.
Fancy Dress, Loweswater show style.

 

 

There was an award towards the end of the afternoon for Mrs Jeannie Hope who has been Show Secretary for the last 30 years.

She has been a stalwart of the organisation during that time but is now ready to hand over the reins.

Knowing she liked brass bands, the rest of the Show Committee aranged a musical send off. . . .

Click here for The Cockermouth Mechanics Band

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And so the show continued . . .

with Trail Hounds, Sheep Dog Trails, Cumberland Wrestling and more. Book the date for next year . . . 1st Sunday in September !!!

 

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

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