There will be silver celebrations in the Food and Farming Marquee at this year’s Bakewell Show as the section marks its 25th anniversary – and by happy coincidence the 2014 President is Mary Morten, who has played such a large part in establishing the link between food and farming at the show.
Preparations for the event – on August 6th and 7th, with a dedicated Equestrian Day on August 5th – are well ahead and organisers are looking forward to another successful event.
One of the highlights will be a new competition open to everyone from children and their parents, schools, companies and individuals – and there are some valuable prizes on offer.
The Show us Yer Sheep competition invites anyone to make a sheep and bring it along to the show. It should be a minimum of 12 inches high and a maximum lifesize, it can be made out of anything at all from wool or wood to chicken wire or pastry – the only limit is your imagination. The event is being sponsored by North Derbyshire radio station Peak FM and local solicitors Banner Jones. Call the office on 01629 812736 to find out more.
There are a few other changes this year designed to make Bakewell Show even better for visitors. Yarwoods from Welshpool, who enjoy a high profile at shows including the Royal Welsh and Herefordshire Shows will be on the showground selling ice cream from local suppliers.
And there will be new mobile caterers too. One of the food courts will be manned by Chatsworth Farm Shop and the others by Foodhall Farm, and organic farm based in Market Drayton, which uses only meat directly from farms.
Traffic this year will be controlled by Topher Ltd, a company which uses former Ghurka soldiers to do the job – and an added bonus will see them bring along an authentic Nepalese curry tent, where visitors will be able to sample the ‘real thing’.
The Food and Farming Marquee will have a separate demonstration area this year, which as well as cookery will stage a culinary question and answer session with Leonard Cseh, Director of Culinary Arts at Derby University.
C W Sellors have taken over the care of the show trophies following the retirement of H L Brown, who did the job for a number of years – and the company has plans for a competition to win a valuable prize.
The Village Green will be bigger this year to make room for some new craft demonstrations – one newcomer will be Daisy’s Vintage Tea Room where visitors can rest and step back to yesteryear. In keeping with that theme, the 15 minute theatre production this years will focus on the First World War.
Fisherman’s Walk will also have a new look to it with a new name too – Anglers’ Rest.
The Centre Ring attraction will be the James Dylan Motorcycle Stunt Display Team, headed by dazzling adventurer James Dylan. Over the years he has gained five world records and appeared on television with his exploits shown on everything from ‘Stars on Sunday’ to ‘The Worlds Most Amazing Videos’. He is the official trainer for the Stunt Show at Euro Disney and is also chosen by many of today’s top stuntmen as a Stunt Co-ordinator.
There will be all the traditional attractions, hundreds of champion animals, beautiful flowers, mammoth vegetables and a bumper crop of trade stands with something for all the family from the beach for the kids to the vintage vehicles for dads.
To find out more and to book pre-show cut price tickets call 01629 812736 or log on to www.bakewellshow.org