New events for town’s sheep fair

Judging at last year's event. Picture ' Adrian Murray (12093023AM)
Judging at last year's event. Picture ' Adrian Murray (12093023AM)

Masham Sheep Fair is set for another successful year with an action-packed programme and a high number of entries in show classes.

Organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister has announced profits from this year’s show will be given to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, with other charities being offered stalls in the busy market place, when the event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 -29, from 10am each day.

She said: “We recognise that although this event is steeped in tradition, it’s important to keep it fresh so we continue to add to it.

“There will be more stalls in the sheep-racing field, we’ve got a new sheep design from local artist Rob Blades to sell, which is always popular, there will be a flower festival in the church on the theme of ‘a fruitful harvest’ and we’ve got Kingsley Ash of Thornborough Cider juicing apples by the church.”

Another addition is a small exhibition in Masham Tourist Information Centre called Woollen Hills, demonstrating how sheep and wool knit the Dales communities together, with wool for sale from Low Sutton Wool and woven goods by Laura’s Loom and a photographic exhibition by Gary Keat .

Susan added:“On Saturday we’ll be welcoming local sheep farmer, Burt Verity, who has recently celebrated his 100th birthday and who has an enormous amount of farming wisdom to share.”

Other events include sheep showing with an expanded number of classes, the very popular sheep-racing, craft market, Bishop Blaize procession, fleece stalls, wool competion and sheep dog demonstrations.