Even a dose of Highland weather didn’t stop families enjoying some agricultural delights this bank holiday weekend.
The annual Highland Fling country fair took place at Graves Park yesterday, and drew a big crowd despite a couple of hours of howling wind and rain.
Visitors had the chance to see some impressive Highland cattle in the parade ring, and meet their breeders as they prepared for the start of the show season.
Children could try to pick a winner in a ferret race or come nose to beak with a fearsome bird of prey, while their parents sampled delicious black pudding scotch eggs in the farmer’s market or enjoyed a drink at the bar.
Matthew and Rebecca Webster, from Grenoside, brought their two daughters Emily, 11, and Lily, eight – who were off enjoying the fairground rides – and five-week-old son Stanley for his first day out.
Matthew said: “We’ve just come for a walk around. Every year we come to this. We like to browse the stalls and see the animals.
“We’ll have a wander round and then have a Sunday dinner afterwards. It’s not a bad way to spend a bank holiday.”
The free show is now in its 13th year. For the Highland cattle breeders it acts as a warm-up to the show season.
Daniel Rowbottom was there with three animals from TP Radford’s Kelby Fold stock in south Lincolnshire.
“It’s our first show of the season,” he said. “It’s just a bit of fun and a day out training the cows for the show season.
“Back home we have 15 breeding cows. This is where the hard work starts to pay off. We’ve spent a lot of hours to get to this stage.”
For Daniel, there with his two-year-old daughter Ruby, it’s not just about the competition – although he wasn’t complaining about the two rosettes he had already won.
“We like to get the public involved,” he said. “It’s all about education. To get them to know what Highland cattle are and why we are here.”
The Graves Park animal farm was also open, as it is all year round, giving families the chance to meet pigs, goats, newborn lambs and much more. Some charities, such as the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, selling hog roasts and burgers, were able to raise awareness of their causes on the day.
Another visitor, Michael Ogden, from Lowedges, was enjoying his time in the cattle tent.
“I used to work here and I like to see the animals,” he said. “I love them – especially the owls.
“I come every year. Nothing puts me off.”
The event was sponsored by the Highland Cattle Society and The Friends of Graves Park, and supported by Heart Yorkshire.