A British Strongman Competition is set to be one of the main attractions at this year’s Great Harwood Show.
The show, which dates back to 1857, is one of the biggest events on the social calendar and attracted up to 12,000 visitors last year.
For the first time the show will include the strongman competition with a £350 prize and trophy up for grabs for the winner. There will also be a first appearance of the craft and horticulture tent as well a wide range of usual activities.
Show spokesperson Carol Armer said the show will be bigger than ever thanks to more available land on the New Showground. She said: “Each year that we have been down at the New Showground we are improving the drainage, levelling it out and improving access for the vehicles.
“We have got more room than ever before that is usable now and that means we can have more stands and attractions. The strongman is one of the main events this year and we have never had it before.
“They asked if we could have it and we were happy to.”
Competitions on the day will include the tug of war, the Bowley Hill Trail Race, wellie throwing and egg catching.
The family-fun event will also include a children’s competition, a vintage vehicle display and a visit from four fire engines.
Mrs Armer said preparations are almost complete and is hopeful the recent sunny weather will continue.
She said: “It was a really good turnout last year and we were lucky with the weather on the day. The days before and after it threw it down.
“We have everything else more or less sorted but you can’t do anything about the weather.” The show will take place on Spring Bank Holiday, Monday May 27, at the New Showground between 9am and 5pm. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, pensioners cost £5 and children over four and under 18 cost £3.
For more information visit www.greatharwoodshow.co.uk.