Manifold Valley Agricultural Show makes its return to The Arbour a 40th time today

TODAY (August 10) sees the 40th annual Manifold Valley Agricultural Show at The Arbour, Castern Hall, Ilam.
The show has grown over the years to become one of the biggest events in the district set in a beautiful location near the Staffordshire/Debyshire border.
The Arbour stands between the neighbouring villages of Ilam and Alstonefield.
Show committee chairman Bruce Daniel told the Leek Post & Times: “We had to close the stand enquiries three weeks ago. This year we have 104 booked.
“There is also a good entry of livestock and agricultural bygones booked in.”
Today’s show will host the usual traditional attractions associated with the country’s agricultural shows, including livestock judging, arts and crafts produced in the surrounding community, and the popular slow tractor race.
The main ring events will include show jumping and terrier racing.
The Manifold Show was launched 40 years ago to foster competition and fellowship within the rural community of the 18 parishes surrounding the River Manifold.
Applications are currently invited for the George Richardson Memorial Bursary supported by the show, which is awarded annually to a local student about to embark on a higher education course.
The amount awarded is generally in the region of £300-£400 a year.
George Richardson was president of the Show Society for 10 years and had been involved with the show from its onset.
In memory of his contribution the committee decided that it’s annual student bursary award should be renamed in his honour.
Students interested in gaining the bursary should contact Jean Price on 01538 384745 for full details. An application form can be accessed on the Manifold Valley Agricultural Show website.
Students need to be resident in one of parishes bounding the course of the River Manifold.
Closing date for applications is Monday, September 30 2019