THE ‘worst weather in decades’ of the Hartington Wakes did not stop entrants rolling in to show off their prized animals.
The agricultural show held at Pike Hall attracted a ‘strong number’ of entrants in categories including dogs, sheep, cattle and horses.
Although the turn-out was not as high as organisers had hoped for due to torrential rain and howling winds, event secretary Sarah Bates told the News Telegraph that ‘spirits were high’ among all those who attended.
She said: “We couldn’t quite believe how bad the weather was on the day.
“Sheets of rain were lashing down and there was a very nasty wind.
“It was certainly the worst we’ve seen at the wakes for many, many a year.
“As you’d imagine, this meant there weren’t as many people there as we’d have liked but that’s understandable.
“But those who did come didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits and had a great day looking at the exhibits.
“We also still had a strong number of entrants keen to win prizes for the animals they’ve spent so much effort rearing and training.
“Particular highlights were the lurcher and terrier classes, for which people always come from all over the place to see.
“This year we had some visitors from Ireland.”
A list of winners had not yet been collated when the News Telegraph went to press.
However, Ms Bates said she wanted to pass on her thanks to Arnie and Sandra Flowers for allowing the wakes to be held on their land.
She said: “Every year they let us use thier land to hold our show and, as always, we’re extremely grateful for that.
“Even though we did cut up some of their fields in the wet weather, they were still happy as always to have us.”