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Beamish Museum Agricultural Show 2017

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Vintage tractors on show. Picture; Beamish Museum
Vintage tractors on show. Picture; Beamish Museum

A Celebration of Rural Life,  September 14-17

One of the most popular events in Beamish’s calendar, the Agricultural Show, starts today and ends on Sunday, recreating a typical country show of the early 1900s.

The four-day event will showcase sheep shearing, stick dressing, basket making, beekeeping, and tractors.

In the main ring, there are displays of birds of prey flying and horse logging, alongside strong men demonstrations and duck and geese herding.

Around the show field, visitors can have a go at archery, explore the Scout Camp, meet First World War soldiers and see period tractors and agricultural machinery on show.

Crafts and skills

The craft marquee is packed with traditional craftsmen, woodworkers, a clog maker, a rake maker, spinners and weavers, all happy to share their skills.

When visitors have worked up a thirst, they can pop into the beer tent, selling locally-brewed ales, or visit the Temperance Tea Tent.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Industry Section takes place, with competitions between cooks, knitters, photographers, and winemakers, hoping to win the coveted red rosette and first prize certificate.

Rich rural heritage

Paul Foster, Beamish’s historic events officer, said: “The Agricultural Show is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the rich rural heritage of North East England. With displays in the show ring, demonstrations by craftsfolk and loads of activities, we’re looking forward to four days of fun.”

The Agricultural Show is included in the admission charge and Unlimited Passes are valid. This is the third event in the Great North Festival of Agriculture.

Still to come are Hands-on Heritage Skills (September 23-24) and Harvest Festival & Harvest Home (September 30-October 1). For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on.

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