Farmer Copleys Farm Festival Scores Another Hit
It was mad, manic, and magically brilliant. It seemed the whole local community turned out to Farmer Copleys Farm Festival on Sunday, hell bent on having a whale of a time. The weather behaved itself (mostly) and under nearly blue skies we once again witnessed the ancient and venerated sports of welly wanging and pie eating.
If you didn’t get there this year, make a point of marking it on the calendar for next year, because there’s no better fun to be had anywhere.
A Real Family Affair
We went en-masse as a family, taking What’s On Wesley with us. Actually, we’d have been hard pressed to exclude him, as he revels in this sort of event. Getting out in the fresh air and mixing with people of all ages is how he rolls and there’s no holding him back once he gets started. Point a camera at him and he positively sparkles.
All over the showground there were events and activities, with old favourites like the dog show pulling huge crowds of spectators. The dogs love it too – must be all that attention and the chance for extra treats, especially in contests like Best Biscuit Catcher.
Pies, Performance, and Pedigree Sheep
It’s all about farming, growing, produce, and livestock, and like any good country show there were plenty of animals to see, including pedigree sheep. The Purston Blues were on show in the main ring, getting ready for their entry in the Great Yorkshire Show.
It wasn’t all happening in the main ring though, as elsewhere there were AXE games going on. We’ve already mentioned welly wanging, but there was also Bale tossing. The Pie Eating contest was as popular as ever, and you’ve got to wonder where they put it all. They must starve for days to get through so much pie.
For the little ones there were rural and children’s crafts, bouncy castles, tractor rides with shrieks of laughter ringing out all over the farm. Adding to the excitement was Creepy Crawlies, Face Painting, dance groups and Theatre groups, all brilliant and talented and Jo Jingles made sure no one escaped without some audience participation, adding to the festival atmosphere and general high jinx.
Masses of great local stalls offered a variety of activities or goods to buy, and there was plenty of opportunity to support local or regional good causes.
Traditional Hog Roasts and Vintage Tractors
No country show would be complete without a vehicle display, and the vintage tractors are always popular. They seem to have a character all their own, and even though they’re not in service any more, it’s great to see them alongside their modern counterparts.
There was no chance of anyone going hungry, what with a special Farmer Copleys Hog Roast and burger van. Those with a sweet tooth could indulge in candyfloss, or go strawberry picking and stock up for deserts or jam making through the summer. There was also the farm shop with fun gifts to take home and remember the day, and the Moo Cafe for a sit down and some refreshment.
It was a really great day, as it always is, with new attendance records being broken every year. As one of the highlights on the local calendar, it’s something we wouldn’t miss for all the pies in Pontefract.