Castleton show rounds of summer season

CASTLETON Show might be the last one of the summer season but it still proves popular with local people as well as visitors.

Its official, rather grand title is Castleton and Danby Floral and Horticultural Society Annual Show and like many others, it was a product of Victorian society.

This year it will take place on Saturday September 8 in Castleton cricket field. There is a wide range of classes with an emphasis on fruit and vegetables, many of them at their best in the early autumn.

Flower classes also feature as do handicrafts, dairy produce and floral art and this year, the art classes include a caricature of a member of the royal family.

The classes include a number for children including jam tarts as well as a fatless sponge cake made by a man. Striking a contemporary note there is a class for four decorated cup cakes with an Olympic theme.

There are a number of foot races for children including traditional sack races, egg and spoon and wheelbarrow races for age groups ranging from toddlers to teenagers.

Always popular are displays and competitions for vintage engines, classic and vintage motorcycles and cars.

Terrier, lurcher and ferret classes and ferret racing are always an attraction as also are pony sports which include jumping, lead rein jumping for children aged under eight years, fancy dress and musical rides.

The show also features the Downe and Outs Jazz Band, a birds of prey display, a tug of war and many other attractions.

Prizes include a Sunday lunch for two at The Eskdale Hotel in Castleton to the winner of the most points in the show.

The show field opens at 12 noon on September 8, tents open at 1pm, entry adults £3, OAP and children £1.50. Disabled access and parking are available.