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Garstang Show celebrated 200 years on 1st August.  A record crowd from the local area and exhibitors from across the country poured into the showground. And, although the morning saw a brief spell of showers, this didn’t put visitors off and the sun appeared for the rest of the day.
The quality of livestock and horticulture exhibits on display was fantastic. The rabbit tent was packed with over 300 bunnies, local schools participated in horticulture, local food and crafts gave visitors plenty to look at. Then there was the packed programme of family entertainment. Not least, Cbeebies presenter Katy Ashworth who proved a huge hit in the new children’s marquee – her energy and enthusiasm for her performances were brilliant. Betty Balloon was also popular in that tent with her amazing stories, told with the use of her clever balloon sculptures.
The main ring entertainment was breath taking with the Squibb Freestyle Stunt Show. The world championship FMX rider and his teammate treated the audience to stunts 40 ft in the air, turning 360 with no hands! All you could hear was the intake of breath around the arena!
Vintage and historic displays reminded us of the importance of agricultural societies and the local community who help to put these shows on. Our Show’s President, Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes was honoured to be a part of the 200 year celebrations. His family have been involved with the show for generations, with his four greats uncle being president at the first show in 1813.
For the Garstang Show to have run for 200 years, it’s a great achievement and we hope to see it continue with many more fantastic shows!




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