Skelton Show is delighted to be returning after a two-year enforced break due to Covid and although it is clear the world has changed a lot during the pandemic, we hope that folks will still value the importance of agricultural shows and support us. The shows highlight the importance of the rural economy and more particularly the wealth of local talent and skills which need to be kept alive and the sale of local traceable produce that is not only good for you but sustains our rural way of life.
We therefore hope that exhibitors, traders and the public will come back in increased numbers to celebrate our return – a full list of classes is available on our website with hard copy schedules available from the secretary and local agricultural suppliers.
As well as retaining our traditional agricultural roots, the show continues to evolve to provide a great day out for everyone. This year we are particularly proud to be launching a new Food and Entertainment village. As well as a varied range of food and drink, live entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon and early evening by not only our regular Penrith Town Band but also a number of local artists, the headline act being Eliza Gutteridge who reached the finals of ‘The Voice’ in 2018 as part of Team Tom. More details will be announced nearer the show date on our website so please keep an eye out for who they are!
Of course, the traditional agricultural aspects are still very much at the heart of Skelton show as Chairman Colin Atkinson comments “in addition to the large selection of cattle, horses, dogs and sheep, there is a marquee full of classes for children, cooking, painting, floral arts, vegetables and walking sticks. The extensive @TasteSkelton Food and Gifts and Crafts tents provide a wide range of local produce to taste and purchase whilst other attractions include the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling competition, pony sports and numerous trade stands”.
Eden FM will be broadcasting from the showfield again and this year are attempting to break the Guinness World Record attempt for more than 140 commentators to be on the one radio show so if you can talk for a couple of minutes, you could get involved and be part of it on the day!
We also delighted to welcome Mike Craven, the esteemed full-time fiction and crime author, who was born in Carlisle, who will be on the showfield to sign his new thrilling and compelling book entitled The Botanist so if you are a fan and would like to meet Mike, please come along with your copy of his book for him to personally sign.
Concluding about this year’s show, Show Director John Slee remarks “we have an action-packed day planned to provide even more entertainment and enjoyment this year. In the main ring the entertainment will feature the fearless and amazing On the Edge motorcycle stunt team. As a complete contrast with a calmer and more elegant event will be the Concours d’Elegance equestrian display. Other attractions include the popular Scurry Racing, Ullswater Community College Cheerleaders as well as the fun Terrier Racing spectacles.
Finally, in order to hold such a major event, we rely upon an army of volunteers. We are particularly grateful to and would like to thank all those who have responded to our call for extra volunteers – all of whom will help ensure we host a great show day.”
There are Early Bird offers for tickets purchased online via our website during May and early June.
Written by: Nina Oxley