A highlight for us at Stairlifts in Staffordshire is seeing all the communities getting together at summertime at village fetes, barbeques, fundraisers and the like. One of our special favourites is the Leek Show as we have been every year for the last few years and although you can’t guarantee the weather in the Moorlands, or indeed anywhere, the layout of the stalls, the showing ring and all the attractions on offer make it a great day out for all the family.
Here’s what the Leek Post and Times said about it…
Leek Show is one of the friendliest I’ve encountered over the years – especially when the sun brings out its fun-factor by actually shining. But it’s easy to forget, especially with the wet weather we’ve had recently, that the Leek & District Show heralds plenty more events over the summer.
There’s the Manifold Show in Ilam and the Ipstones Agricultural Show, both in August.
Then there’s Cheddleton Carnival, also in August, and Longnor Races in September.
Like Leek, many have a focus on the farming community, which is so vital to the whole area.
I’m always amazed, but not surprised, at the effort put into the livestock on show.
Just wandering about the pens holding the cattle and sheep is proof enough of the care taken by the animals’ owners.
It reflects a pride in the district that sometimes needs to placed more in the spotlight.
I’ve been to agricultural events down south before and they’ve not seemed to have had this to the same extent.
Is it because the Staffordshire Moorlands is more reliant on farming that we give credit for?
Many farmers, especially the milk producers, are not having an easy time of it.
But plenty are prospering, and long may it continue.
So roll on the rest of the summer’s festivals – and let’s hope the sun starts shining again.
The weather was nearly 100% dry which really made it a good event for all concerned. Some local shows have gone more commercial with lots of unrelated business stands taking precedence over the countryside focus of the local show, but not at Leek. You can still see all the fruit and veg, the horses, cattle and dogs that make it what it is. We look forward to the 2016 one. If the weather is as fine as this years it should be just as good.