Thousands of people are set to flock to Leek this weekend for one of the county’s largest agricultural shows.
The 2014 Leek & District Show will take place at the regular venue of Birchall Playing Fields in Birchall, Leek on Saturday (July 26).
The main sponsors for this year’s show is Leek United Building Society.
In addition to agricultural and horticultural competitions, a whole fun-packed programme of entertainment has been planned, including stunt acts, falconry displays, show stands, arts and crafts and much more.
Now in its 52nd year, the event once again expects to attract thousands of visitors and will be packed with traditional attractions.
Organisers are delighted to welcome Leek United Building Society as new main sponsor in a three-year deal. 2014 also sees a significant change in parking arrangements, with the Show’s park and ride facility moving to Kniveden Farm, Mount Road on the edge of town.
Leek United Chief Executive Kevin Wilson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the main sponsors of Leek Show. The community is at the heart of all we do at Leek United, and there is no better event than this to bring families and businesses together in our heartland.”
Once again an impressive range of livestock classes, competitions, trade stands and other attractions have been lined up, not to mention exciting main arena events.
Arena events are set to include: a horse and hound display, The Black Rock Llamas, Flyin Ryan, a classic cars display, as well as the Grand Livestock Parade.
Leek & District show is famous for the quality of its livestock classes and hundreds of exhibitors will be preparing their animals to perfection– from sheep and goats to cattle and shires – ready for the judges to inspect.
There will also be a wide range of other attractions including horse and pony, horticulture, flower design, crafts, Women’s Institutes and many trade stands.
Visitors arriving by car can take advantage of the special park and ride facility, which this year moves to Kniveden Farm, Mount Road, Leek. Courtesy buses will run approximately every 30 minutes from 9am to 5.30pm on show day from both Mount Road and from Leek Bus Station.
Only Vehicle Pass holders will be allowed access to the Showground and Cattle Market parking.
Reduced-price advance tickets went on sale at the start of July at several locations – Leek United Building Society branches in St Edward Street and Derby Street, Leek; the Post & Times office, Smithfield Centre, Leek; as well as Leek and Hanley Tourist Information Offices.
Advance tickets are priced at £5 adults, £3 children/senior citizens. On the day, prices rise to £7 adults and £5 children/senior citizens. A family ticket, only available in advance, costs £12 and admits two adults and two children. Children under 5 are free.
People can further support the Leek & District Show by becoming a member. Benefits include entrance to the show and a parking pass. Membership prices are single £7, double £12, Vice president £15, Patrons from £20.
For membership contact Alan Pickering on 07834 707073, for trade stands contact Derek Torr on 01538 372006 and for general enquiries contact Show Secretary Katrina Simcock on 07969 990380. For more details of the show go to www.leekshow.org.uk.
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Advance tickets for this year’s Leek & District Show are available from: Leek United Building Society (including the branches in Leek, Cheadle and Ashbourne); the Leek Post & Times office in The Smithfield Centre, Haywood Street, Leek; and the Leek and Hanley Tourist Information Centres.
Alternatively advance tickets can be purchased online at www.leekshow.org.uk.
Advance tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children and senior citizens. A Family Ticket is £12 (which will admit two adults and two children aged 5-15 years). Free admission for under fives.
Ticket sales for advance tickets will close on Thursday July 24.
Admission on the day will be priced at £7 for adults and £5 for children and senior citizens.
Only vehicle pass holders will be allowed access to the showground and Cattle Market.
There will be Red Vehicle Pass parking available in the car parks of The Co-operative Bank adjacent to the show site.
There will be a Free Park and Ride available at Kniveden Farm, The Mount, Leek. ST13 7LX. Please note that park and ride for Leek Show is no longer available at Adams Foods, as in previous years.
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