According to the Schedule for the Show held on Saturday 8th October, 1932, it was "The Seventieth Annual Show". That suggests that the first Show was held about 1862. It may have been 1859 as the Show probably wasn't held during WW1.
The oldest Shedule in our pocession is from 1932 show and is shown below, you can see the Show was held in The Harbottle New Hall.
The President was E. C. Fenwicke - Clennell, Esq, Vice President was Rev H. E. Y. Brefitt, and the schedule listed out Patrons, Patronesses and committee members. The Secretary was L. J Holt. The Society records 8 Rules and Rule 2 Starts off...."The Exhibitors will sign a declaration, previous to placing their articles for competition, that the productios they exhibit for Prizes are bona-fide of their own growth"
Rule 7 is worthy of note "The General Meeting of The Members to be held in The Star Inn Tea Room, Harbottle, on Saturday 22nd October, 1932 at 7pm."
There were 24 classes in the Vegetable Section and 24 classes in the Industrial Section. Extra Prizes were awarded and "Mr R. Scott, Butcher, Whittingham, gives a Pickled Tongue for the Best Collection of Vegetables"
Messrs Lilburn Ltd, Fismongers, High St, Gosforth gives "a bag of assorted fish" in the vegetable classes
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