In 1945 four local
farmers from the Broughton area
successfully organised the first
Broughton Gymkhana which was held
on the 21st July 1945 on the village recreation field. The farmers were J Wells, F Knapton, W Golland and C Green.
The chairman for the show committee was J Wells (1945 to 1978) and the original secretary was G Vickers.
The first show was
held in aid of the "Broughton Welcome
Home Fund" for the servicemen and women
the Second World War.
Classes held were for
children’s jumping, riding and gymkhana,
with prizes and cups for the winners of
the open jumping competition.
The riding events were judged by Mrs O S Nelthorpe and Mr Neville Herring.
On the day of the show
the amusements were provided by "Wroot’s
Amusements", but more recently the
have been provided by Dowse’s Fair (Who have the Travelling Fair rights for the show day).
From the original
concept of children’s entertainment
(Horse, jumping, riding and gymkhana) it
has progressed to include
a horticultural and dog show. The Horticultural tent provided farmers with a show piece for their many different varieties of corn,
potatoes etc and the gardeners were able to show off their prize vegetables. It also had classes for the jam and cake makers
of the Community.
The first show was
held in the field behind the recreation
field which was cut and prepared by C
Green before each show day.
The present day show is still held on the same field which now includes the recreation field for the use of the villagers.
The present show has
two "rings" and attracts jumping,
showing, carriages displays in both Also
a dog show and a horticultural
display is held in the Phil Grundy Centre. Children’s entertainment is also provided along with the fair. Static displays of vintage
tractors, motor cycles and stalls all add interest on the day.
The present Chairman
Mr Colin Johnson provides the necessary
enthusiasm, energy and encouragement to
who he relies upon for support on an annual basis for the success of the show.
Recently the show was
"moved" from Saturday to Sunday as other
local events often coincided and
obviously affected the
number of visitors to the show. Preparations for the annual show are on-going throughout the year.