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Ennerdale & Kinniside Horticultural & Agricultural Society Show 2003

In a perfect setting, on a large flat field resting under Knockmurton fell near Kirkland, Ennerdale show is a grand example of what a local country event should be. Congratulations to the organisers for a splendid day's entertainment. Ample free parking was keenly accepted by the hundreds of people that turned out to this remote part of Lakeland.

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Entertainment was provided for all the 'young uns' with inflatable slides and bouncy castles, a mechanical bull ride, and a traditional sports day. This featured straight  running races, sack races and potato races, divided into sexes and different age groups,with prizes for all entrants. There was also a best pets prize plus craft and produce competitions with such wonderful categories as Best Home-made Wizards Hat and My Bedroom in a Shoebox

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For the more seriously athletic the was fell racing and traditional Cumberland and Westmoreland wrestling which had record entries in the junior sections. Of course throughout was the humorous commentary by Glen Tubman who provides the p.a. for all these local events.

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The agricultural side was also represented with stock judging of livestock featuring some fine examples of the Herdwick and a poultry tent with some dramatic looking birds.

Judging of the sheepA fine exhibit in the poultry tent

There was also judging of horses and ponies and various categories of dogs. Three hound trailing races also took place with enthusiastic and vociferous support for the hounds as they raced to the finish. In fact everything seemed to be in competition from best shepherds crook (self-grown) to best doll dressed in hand knitted garments through best lemon meringue pie to best vintage tractor. There seemed to be enough cash prizes and rosettes for everyone and consequently there was a long list of subscribers donating money.

Gundog demonstration

A special feature of this years event was a demonstration of gun dogs. Using several dogs of different ages this illustrated the training of a gun dog from a small puppy to a mature dog capable of remarkable of obedience.