the best show in town!

RIDE ON: Georgia Taylor puts Miller through some last minute schooling exercises at the Hopton Horse Centre before Mirfield Show. (d18081141)
RIDE ON: Georgia Taylor puts Miller through some last minute schooling exercises at the Hopton Horse Centre before Mirfield Show. (d18081141)
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THE biggest event in Mirfield’s calendar is here – because on Sunday it’s show time!

Last year’s Mirfield Show broke records when more than 12,000 people poured through the gates. Organisers are hoping to see the same kind of crowd again.

Mirfield Agricultural Society show committee publicity officer, Richard Hartley, said: “It takes all year to pull everything together but preparations have gone very well and we’re looking forward to another great show.

“We try to keep pushing the boundaries, to offer something new each year so people will always find something different to see and do. It has been tough economically this year, with pressure on costs and sponsorship, but we’ve made sure we haven’t passed this on to the public – and we’re especially proud of keeping the kids’ attractions free.”

Highlights will include a flying display by a helicopter from the armed forces’ Joint Helicopter Command and, back on the ground, there will be the surreal spectacle of llamas racing round an obstacle course.

Keen – but friendly – rivalry will be the name of the game in the many competitive events, whether it’s horse riders vying to complete a faultless round or one of the dozens of flower, vegetable and handicraft contests.

One of the more unusual events will see Shoufukan Dojo martial arts inviting people to a watermelon-smashing contest to raise money for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief appeal.

Leader Anna Seabourne said: “It’s based on a traditional Japanese game and involves being blindfolded, spun round three times and then trying to smash a watermelon on the floor with a wooden sword. It’s messy but a lot of fun.”

Georgia Taylor, 11, is especially looking forward to taking part in the show with her horses Toby and Miller.

Mum Diane said: “We came to Mirfield last year to watch and it seemed such a nice event we wanted to enter this year. It’ll be the first time in a full-size competition for Georgia, and for Toby and Miller, so we’re really excited.”

l For more show details see The Guide and pages 27-29.