Visitors flock to Bakewell Show for second day

The 184th Bakewell show. Crafty Sheep competition. Marie and Louie Booth.

The 184th Bakewell show. Crafty Sheep competition. Marie and Louie Booth.

  • by Rachel Parry

Day two of the Bakewell Show is underway with cattle, crafts and competitions galore.

After thousands of visitors passed through Wye Valley Showground’s gates yesterday for the first day of the annual agricultural show, scores more farming, food and flower enthusiasts have descended on the village today for part two of the event.

Highlights from day one included entertaining horse, goat, dog and rabbit shows plus educational cooking demonstrations, classes and eye-catching displays.

Yesterday also saw success for Sheffield in the floral arts section, when two of the city’s talented florists showed they were a cut above the rest.

Catherine Vickers and Wendy Greaves, of Flora on Ecclesall Road, wowed judges with their imaginative floral creations in two competitions. The ladies worked together to represent Sheffield Flower Club in the show’s Record Breakers competition.

Their striking black and white arrangement, featuring broken LPs and sprayed black leaves around a central phalaenopsis orchid, beat off stiff competition to take first place.

The florists then worked independently in a random selection task to create floral masterpieces from flowers, foliage and materials, with Wendy’s submission being selected for the top spot and Catherine’s coming in second.

“We were very pleased with the outcome as the competition was high,” said Catherine, owner of Flora.

“We were particularly delighted to win first place on behalf of Sheffield Flower Club, a team from which will be attending Southport Flower Show later on this month.”

Today bird fans are flocking to see which pigeons and poultry swoop into first place, while further spectators are gathering to watch the commercial beef classes take to the show ring.

Sheep judging of two varieties will also take place today as farmers’ livestock and the show’s ‘Show Us Yer Sheep’ competition flock of colourful creations both take their turn in the spotlight.




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