Lakeland traditions showcased at fair
Last updated at 14:15, Tuesday, 23 August 2011
THOUSANDS flocked to a country fair to enjoy some traditional Cumbrian entertainment.
The annual Lakeland County Fair took place at Torver, near Coniston, on Sunday.
Despite dark clouds, rain stayed away for most of the show and the sun even peeked out as families enjoyed a range of events.
Visitors were able to watch traditional skills and pastimes such as sheep shearing, ferret racing and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. The main ring was where much of the action took place, with a display by the Cumbria Work Horse and Pony Society first up on the bill.
Chairwoman Sheila McLarnon, from Dalton, said she enjoyed the society’s second appearance at the show.
She said: “We started the society two years ago to bring attention to working horses and ponies, because all of the horses are rare breeds. We quite enjoy being up first as it gets the display over with. We do enjoy it, though, and get people coming up to speak to us as all day.”
People of all ages were in attendance at the show, and tucked into a variety of Cumbrian delicacies.
Morag Hopkins is a supervisor at the Smokehouse at HMP Haverigg, which helps to socially rehabilitate prisoners by offering them the gain the traditional skills of smoking fish, game and cheese.
She said: “This is the show which is local to us and it is nice to be here to tell people what we are all about. It’s absolutely fantastic to be able to get out here and promote the prison in a positive manner.”
And it was not only the crowds who enjoyed the event, with thousands of dogs also in attendance. There were several different dog shows, such as the lurcher and terrier class, and also events for working dogs.
John Harrison travelled from Ullswater to enter his dogs into the foxhound show.
He said: “I do about 20 shows a season. The whole thing about these shows is that we all support each other and it benefits the foxhound community as a whole.”
Physical activities were also on offer, with runners taking part in a gruelling race up Coniston Old Man. Junior fell races were also held. Secretary of the fair, Allison Bolt said the success of the show was dependant on the weather.
She said: “It’s the weather that makes or breaks it really. It is nice to see people coming because then we know that it is going to go all right.”
First published at 13:35, Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
More Windermere news
- Lake District artist’s portrait of the Queen pressed onto new coins
- Top critic claims Lake District restaurant is lighting the way
- Three men in South Lakes court on firearm and assault charges
- Electricity to be cut off at South Lakes restaurant
- World’s top Buddhist teachers to lead special sessions
- Club wins grant to bring rowing to Windermere
- Police hunting Lake District super glue vandal (1 comment)
- Windermere woman, 19, recalls horror Africa waterfall plunge
- Renowned Lake District hotel sold
- Parking meter anger "behind Cumbria by-election swing"
- Ulverston swimmer triumphs at Windermere Chillswim
- Woman attacked in Windermere
- South Lakes worker stole lottery tickets worth £4,000 to feed habit
- Yes vote on Scottish independence ‘could have massive effect’ on Cumbria businesses (2 comments)
- More experts join hunt for clues into Lake District wedding inferno (3 comments)
- Lake District hotel sold to local businessman
- Windermere school bully bites victim’s nose at club
- Woman involved in Windermere crash had been drinking - court heard
- South Lakes MP and deputy prime minister lead tributes to ‘dedicated’ Cumbria councillor (1 comment)
- ‘Nothing we can do’ say Lakes chiefs in parking meter row
- Cumbria police investigating after £25,000 damage to trees (2 comments)
- Swimmers make a big splash at Windermere
- Alleged sex offender due in Barrow court
- Peter Rabbit grabs gold at Chelsea Flower Show (1 comment)
- Brathay Windermere Marathon
Evening Mail homepage
- Meet the top team
- Training on a turbine
- Mike's college course takes place in school
- Course is a family affair for Dionne
- Cumbria students compete to land a dream work placement
- Cumbria teen Sarah urges other young people to take part in scheme
- Cash to be used for story-telling chair at Ulverston school
- Ulverston Victoria High School students ‘have a brilliant time’
- Grange primary praised for ‘capable’ pupils
- Cumbria pupils learn how to avoid perils
- Warning to Cumbria parents and children over suffocating 'Sleeper' (1 comment)
- Cumbria man fined for breaking restraining order
- Ulverston venue in Queen's birthday snub (5 comments)
- Girl, 11, assaulted by group in Barrow
- Right to the bones of employment crisis
- BT Infinity and beyond (4 comments)
- REMEMBER WHEN: The Woolveridge brothers bossed Furness RL
- ‘Grumpy’ Jenny is Eclairious
- Millom have the edge
Choosing a pre-school
Luscombe Plant Hire
Great Daffodil appeal 2015
Homes and gardens 21