This time the sun shines as thousands pack Tod Show

Two years ago, the last Todmorden Agricultural Show was almost washed out by torrential rain, but it was a different story it was on its return last Saturday.

Thousands of people filled Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden, for this year’s event, the first for two years.

Organisers Todmorden Agricultural Society took an early decision to cancel the 2013 show due to the very poor state of the park, so it was full steam ahead for this year’s show.

As well as all creatured great and small - from the majestic shire horses down to the tiniest entrants in the children’s pet section - there were events including birds of prey and The Sheep Show to entertain showgoers.

Human endeavours were showcased in the bustling arts and crafts tent, and an array of gleaming vintage tractors were on site for people to see.

New innovations this year included the Eat: Drink: Todmorden, a shoecase for local food and drink producers to run alongside the main business Made In Tod section, and community growing and planting groups like Incredible Edible and Todmorden In Bloom were also well represented. A fair completed the occasion.

After the main event DJs entertained at the After Show Party, but a team of volunteers were back on the field on Sunday to finish the clean-up.

General secretary Rob Goldthorpe said: “The indications are very positive for the financial results. The weather was really kind to us and it couldn’t have been better,” he said.

There were thousands of people attending the event, but exactly how many thousands would not be known until they had worked back through the ticket and gate receipts, he said.

For Shirley Fielder, whose first show as president in 2012 was almost submerged, this year demonstrated much more fully what it had to offer: “It went exceptionally well this time but we are always looking to improve it. Todmorden High School pupils undertook a survey for us - we will be looking at more seating, for example,” she said.

“People came from all over and visitors went away with a good impression of the place. It was very, very busy - people were still there when we started the after-show party in the evening! They had a really good day.”