Broughton Show

 

 

HISTORY of BROUGHTON AGRICULTURAL SHOW

 

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 returning from
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 Fair/Amusements
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 the committee,
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.

 

 

 

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