Their TV characters tend to frequent The Woolpack inn but ‘Emmerdale’ actors Chris Chittell and Matthew Wolfenden enjoyed a few hours at the Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale on Saturday.
Chris, who plays Eric Pollard, and Matthew, who plays David Metcalfe, dropped in at the first Cragg Country Show at the pub, owned by husband and wife team Miles and Linda Laprell.
And despite a forecast of wet weather the heavens only opened after the winners’ rosettes had been presented.
The inaugural show was the brainchild of Miles Speak, who lives a short distance from his regular watering hole.
Ably assisted by Barry Newsome, David Oliver and others, Mr Speak set about creating a traditional country show with contests for bakers, growers, animal owners and fancy dress enthusiasts.
The event proved hugely popular, with more than 250 people joining in the fun at the bar and restaurant at the height of the proceedings.
Mr Laprell said: “We thought there might have been 30 people turn up so we were chuffed to bits. Cragg Vale has never had a little village show and we thought maybe there should be one.
“We tried it this year to see if people were interested and now we know they are, next year we’ll run it as a charity event.”
Saturday’s country show, although it was originally planned merely as a fun event for local people, also raised more than £150 for the Guide Dogs charity.
Mr Laprell added: “It was a great event, we were really pleased.
“There were people who we don’t see in the pub who live locally who brought their kids down and entered into it.
“The fancy dress was just wonderful - we couldn’t believe how many people turned up and took part.
“We wanted to make sure it was a proper old-fashioned country show for people who live within a couple of miles of the Hinchliffe Arms.
“We thought Chris and Matthew would stay for about half an hour but they both stayed all day. They had friends with them, had a meal and a few beers and had their photographs taken with the kids.”
Mr Laprell said as the soap stars were leaving they said they had enjoyed themselves and would like to be invited to next year’s event - which again will be held on the Saturday prior to the August bank holiday weekend.