Mirfield Show team releases schedule of virtual events for 2021

Organisers of Mirfield Agricultural Show have released a full schedule of virtual competitions that will run through to December.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 8:00 pm
Crowds at a previous Mirfield Agricultural Show

The show is going online again this year after the team took the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event on the showground.

Show chairman Jonathan Evans said: “We were very sorry to have to cancel the 2021 show, especially as there was no show in 2020.

"We know what a popular community event it is and we are keen to keep the momentum of the show going – albeit in a virtual world! We are planning to be back in reality in 2022.”

Pig racing at a previous Mirfield Show

Louise Hardy, head of competitions for the show team, said: “We have a fabulously talented community here in Mirfield (and around and about the area) and our competition marquee is usually bursting with competition entries.

"Last year we ran a number of virtual competitions and these were very well received. So, we have extended those this year and taken them right up to December.”

One of the most popular last year was the scarecrow competition – the entries being displayed around Mirfield and available for all to see on a Scarecrow Trail. This will happen again and entries for this are invited from July 2 to August 23.

Two of the classes are being sponsored by local businesses – the "design a house" competition sponsored by Orange Design Studio and the creative writing competition sponsored by Through the Wardrobe Books.

The "grow and show an onion" class is being mentored and helped along by Tim Grace. Tim is well-known throughout Mirfield, and beyond, as a horticultural expert, grower of prize exhibits and a renowned judge of horticultural classes.

Louise said: "The theme running alongside the competitions is 'Friendship, togetherness and kindness'. After the year we have all had, we think that this is a very appropriate theme.

"There is a comprehensive range of competitions and something to suit all age groups. We will be distributing the schedules to the wider community as we want to encourage all ages and abilities to become involved.

"You can enter via our Facebook page (Mirfield Show) or via our website - www.mirfieldshow.com. I am really looking forward to receiving your entries.”

The full list of classes, ages and start and end dates is available on the show's website and as a flier from Ramsden’s Butchers on Mirfield High Street.