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12th August, 2007 - Airedale Agricultural Society Show, Myrtle Park, Bingley, West Yorkshire

Chris Bamford – Show Manager writes:
Another Bingley show is almost here again. I was looking forward to receiving a bumper entry this year given all the support people had promised when it looked like this may be the last show under GCCF rules.

But as I write the entries haven’t materialised, and so I’m extending the closing date to 23 July 2007 just in case anyone wants to put in a last minute entry.

We hope to have some prestigious visitors all the way from Florida in the form of ACFA judges Steve and Carol Lawson. They won’t be judging at the show this year, as it couldn’t be confirmed they would be available when the schedules went to print.

They will only be in England for a week and are staying with Steve and Daphne Butters in Sheffield. Steve and Carol have had a busy time this year, as well as being travel agents, they have visited the Amazon, Antarctica, Russia and now Bingley in deepest West Yorkshire.

As a special favour to them I will be wearing my best “finery” on the day, including pearls and a large hat. Although I’m giving the high heels a miss, as any show manager will tell you they are murder for a cat show.

We have acquired some brand new judges trolleys for this years show. They are exactly like the standard championship ones but slightly more lightweight and without wheels. Anyone who has judged or stewarded at Bingley in the past will know that a trolley with wheels is not practical as you can’t push one on grass but have to lift it from pen to pen.

We did have problems with queues last year trying to get over the bridge into the rest of the agricultural show. This will not happen again as the pay box and the entrance is being moved away from the bridge to avoid causing congestion.

For the first year in some time we are going to close the show to the public whilst judging is going on. As judging usually only takes a couple of hours this is more of an inconvenience to the general public than the exhibitors.

The pedigree judges this year are: Mrs Pat Perkins, Mrs Elaine Culf, Mr Alex Walsh and Mr Steve Parkin. The household pet judges are Miss Marie Midgley and Mrs Joyce Johnson.

General entertainment this year includes the Red Devils Parachute display team (weather permitting), Titan the Robot (a great one for the children amongst us), veteran cars as well as all the cattle, goats, rats, mice and birds etc.

There is a warm Yorkshire welcome for any who come to the show and if you feel like entering a cat contact me on 01484 71149 (6-9 pm only please) or visit the website www.bingleyshow.co.uk to download a schedule and entry form.

Basic entry is only £16.00 per cat, but no one pays that, everyone enters extra classes. Entry money includes one entry ticket to the agricultural show (worth £6 on the day) but extra tickets at reduced rates can be paid for with your entry. A free catalogue is also included for each exhibitor.