Families flock to 140th annual Penistone Show - SLIDESHOW

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IT’S the highlight of the year for South Yorkshire’s farming community and something of a institution.

Organisers of the Penistone Show, taking place for the 140th time at the weekend, say the event attracted record crowds of 25,000 due to the warm, sunny weather.

Penistone Show 2012: Walking around the show ring in te Highland Cattle Pairs.

Penistone Show 2012: Walking around the show ring in te Highland Cattle Pairs.

SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to play our slideshow of pictures from the 2012 Penistone and Rotherham Shows.

The show has been held every year since 1853 apart from interruptions during world wars and due to outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.

Visitors headed to the showground in Penistone town centre from across the country on Saturday.

The crowds could browse a vast array of stalls, listen to brass bands and other live music, and watch show jumping, stunt bike riding, see animals ranging from dogs to cattle, goats, pigs and sheep and even camels.

New for this year was a live cookery theatre where people could watch demonstrations.

There were livestock competitions horticulture contests, crafts, photography and vintage vehicles.

Among the visitors was Philip Coldwell, aged 59, from Thurlstone, who attended every show since childhood.

He said: “It’s a big highlight of the calendar for people around here. I’ve been coming since it was just on a little field but it’s grown and grown.”

Admiring the camels were Juliet and Martin Wildman and their children Millie, eight, and Laurie, five, from Fulwood, Sheffield.

Juliet said: “We come every year and the kids always enter the cake competition with a Victoria sponge.”

Martin added: “It’s part of our summer - the show is a really big thing.”

Liz Walker, from Penistone Agricultural Society and a member of the organising committee, said: “The show was an amazing success and we must have had 25,000 people through the gates.”