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Event Highlights

Whalton Village Show 2014

Alpaca Volunteer

It's Whalton Show time again.

Some of the old favourites are back – the racing sheep, the giant marrows, pony rides, classic cars, the Pearl Choir, flowers and vegetables, cakes, teas and the steam engine. 

The hope is to have the Northumberland sheep dog trial as was the case last year, plus a return of the hugely successful book fair.

Whalton Village Show combines the traditional fruit, flower and vegetable show with all the trappings of a great family day out in Northumberland.

Each year this small and pretty village hosts a show worthy of a town five times its size. To make an entry in any of the exhibition classes download this schedule to see the categories, join in by baking a cake, exhibiting a flower, photograph or handiwork.

All the traditional village show favourites can be seen in the hall where competition for craft and growing prizes remains keen. Even failed gardeners can enter their worst flower. You can also see some tantalisingly good baking.

If you stay for the auction, you might even pick up a winning carrot cake and this year's longest parsnip for a bargain price. Out in the local fields there will be a dog show, ponty rides, an alpaca display, a farmers' market and stalls of all sorts.

The village school, the church and the hall all work together to provide as wide a range of activities and entertainments, food and drink, as they can.

Date: 20th Sep 2014 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: Whalton Village

Review of 2013 Whalton Show by Jane Harrison

There are village shows and then there's Whalton Village Show, which fair to say was more than a bit unexpected.

You couldn't deny the pedigree of the Daimler Dart SP250 or indeed the contingent of immaculate E-Types, nor the impressive skills of the English National Sheepdog Champion – Meg and her man Ben Smith – which put normal folk to shame in the dog-training department.

It was certainly a surprise to find of a perfect first edition Margaret Attwood for 25p (£30 on Amazon plus P&P) and, courtesy of the Barbour stall, a quilted jacket at a real bargain price.

It was impossible not to smile at the sheer silliness of the sheep racing – they each have their own toy jockey you know – and to be humbled by the power of a bunch of kids from in the Kampala and Masaka districts of Uganda who make up the most vibrant Pearl of Africa choir.

Yes, definitely an eclectic mix of things going on but also the quintessential village show stuff too – waggy tail competition (dogs), WI cakes (major yum) and the marrow competition (not altogether clear how that gets judged).

Sitting in the sunshine listening to the Colliery Band with a cup of tea and watching the people's faces light up at the sheer pleasantness of the occasion was a delight.

What more could you ask of a village show and a £6 entry price – well rather a lot as it happened, this was Whalton's altogether unexpected and so much more version.

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