New President elected for Trawden Show 30th Anniversary

Michael O’Connor, new Trawden Show President

A NEW President has been elected to the Trawden Show and his first job will be to prepare the 30th-anniversary celebrations.

2018 will mark 30 years since the Trawden Show was reintroduced following its dissolution during the 1960s and the famous event now has a new President to oversee the celebrations of this significant milestone.

Michael O’Connor, founder and, until his retirement in 2012, Managing Director of Burnley-based financial planning firm Financial Affairs, will take over the role as Show President from Norman Robinson, who nominated Michael for the role at the annual general meeting in October.

Michael, a former President of The Insurance Institute of Blackburn and Burnley and of Colne Noyna Rotary Club, said: “It is a privilege to be able to put something back into the community and take on this role. The Trawden Show gives an enhanced community spirit to the area and beyond, actually, because a lot of the entries come from all over the North of England and Scotland. It’s very much a focal point for the community and we want to mark this anniversary in a special way and recognise the fact that we have managed to keep it going for 30 years.”

The 30th anniversary of the traditional agricultural show will be held on August 12, 2018, and will feature all the events and shows which have made it so popular over the last three decades.

It was first held in 1925 to promote agricultural and other rural activities in the area and to reflect typical village life. The Trawden Show enjoys strong support from the agricultural community, with exhibitors travelling from all over the country to take part. Some sections attract over 400 entries.

Exhibits include sheep, cattle, rare breeds, goats and working sheepdogs. The large marquees house smaller exhibits such as poultry, horticulture and typical rural crafts. The heavy horses (shires) are always popular and the horse show (including working hunters, Shetlands and show-jumping) is held on an adjacent field. There is also a very well-attended dog show and a dry-stone walling competition. The presentations take place in the main arena and each year there are two or three main attractions.

You can also enjoy events such as fell running, terrier racing and the strongman competition.

For more information on the Trawden Show visit

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