Crosby Ravensworth Show is one of the oldest surviving village shows from the old County of Westmorland. The original schedule from the first event, was handwritten by Canon Weston and kindly donated to the local archives by his family. Always held on the last Thursday in August, the show is the largest event in the Parish, bringing together the community of Maulds Meaburn, Reagill and Crosby Ravensworth, as well as many from neighbouring communities and much further afield. This year we will stage the 145th exhibition on Thursday 29th August at Low Bottom, Maulds Meaburn by kind permission of Mr. C. Lowther and Messrs Jackson.
The show has thrived and evolved over the years and now has cattle and sheep classes, various breeds of horses and ponies, including Fell Ponies which have grazed the fells and commons in this area for generations. The poultry section is a must to see with many exhibitors attending from outside the area. There is always a good standard of exhibit in the large marquee which stages the industrial, horticultural and children’s sections. The Dog show is always well supported and can be entered on the day, as are the children’s sports.
After having been held in various fields in Crosby Ravensworth village the show moved to the current location by the Lyvennet river to the north of Maulds Meaburn in 2002, at which time the vintage rally and ploughing competition was introduced, due to poor weather the ploughing was cancelled in 2012 and may not take place this year either. The vintage section continues to draw a good number of exhibitors with tractors, implements, motorcycles and cars.
Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling returned to the show in 2009 after a break of over 20 years. Thanks to generous sponsorship from local businesses this competition is able to offer good prize money attracting many wrestlers from outside the County and has become very popular with spectators, entries for wrestling are taken on the day.
With a growing number of trade stands attending year on year we hope that there is something for everyone. This year we hope to provide an undercover area for craft and other miscellaneous stalls. We know that many of our visitors return each year to catch up with friends and family and to enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt Lyvennet Valley with its picturesque villages. Everyone involved in putting the show together is looking forward to welcoming you all to our traditional annual event.