Showtime In Cumbria

No, not Oklahoma (or even Singin’ In The Rain) but the start of a series of traditional agricultural shows and Shepherds Meets that are held across the Lake District throughout the summer and into the autumn.

 

The shepherds’ meet is thought to have originated as an organised way of returning stray sheep to their rightful owners. Each Lakeland fell had their own shepherds’ meet, which was held twice a year: at shearing time around July and at tupping time in October / November. These traditional get-togethers served as a social gathering in the farming year when challenges would be made and competitions held.