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Gallery: Animals are the stars at Hawkshead Show
1:47pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 in Shows and Festivals news
A YOUNG farmer from Dalton-in-Furness was over the moon after a hat-trick of victories at a traditional agricultural show.
Dowdales School pupil Jordan Johnston, 15, scooped best cow on the field, best beef cow and best beef cow under 12 months at Hawkshead Agricultural Society’s Annual Show.
The youngster was showing Galaxy, an eleven month-old cow from his family’s Maidenland Farm, where he wants to work after leaving school.
He said: “I’m chuffed. To win all three was brilliant. I have been doing shows for about four years and I just like being a part of them.”
young farmers Chris and Thomas Ladds were also victorious in the sheep category, winning supreme champion with a three shear Texel tup from Benson Hall Farm, Kendal, where they live and work with their family.
Chris, 19, said: “It is grand to have won. This is the first time we have ever entered this show so it is great to come here and win.”
Despite a downpour in the morning, the showfield at Hawkshead Hall Farm was graced by crowds of people, locals and tourists alike, all eager to soak up the atmosphere of one of the region’s oldest events.
Visitors could enjoy carriage driving, show-jumping, a dog show, trade stands and the horticultural and craft tent, where everything from a gigantic marrow to miniature gardens made by children were on display.
Jacquelyn Muir, chair of the horticultural section, said: “There has been a good standard of entries in the tent. There is something for all ages here.”
New show chairman Alistair Irvine told The Westmorland Gazette there would always be an appetite for events such as this.
“People like these old traditional country shows – there is always a lot going on and a lot of different things to see and do.”