ORGANISERS are gearing-up for this year's Keighley & District Agricultural Show.

Planning is now well under way for the event, which will feature about 500 competition classes.

An array of prizes, trophies and rosettes will be up for grabs.

People can display the fruits of their skills in the handicraft and produce section, where categories include hand-knitted or crocheted items, sewn or painted pieces, and paper and hard-wood crafts.

There are also classes for watercolours, pen or pencil drawings, oil/acrylic paintings and photographs.

A baking section features 15 classes, and there are four classes for homemade preserves.

In the children’s handicraft and baking section, there are 14 classes in two age groups – nine-year-olds and under, and ten-to-15-year-olds – plus an under-threes pre-school class for a hand/footprint picture.

Groups, from Brownie and Cub Scout packs to community and day centres, are invited to enter items they have created collectively – such as collages, quilted blankets or three-dimensional models.

They could be in the running for the Community Project Award.

"There is something for everyone at the event," said a show spokesman.

"Flower arrangers can enter one of six classes, which include two for amateurs and one for children.

"There are also over 100 classes in one of the north’s largest one-day horticulture shows – novices, children and experienced gardeners are invited to enter their vegetables, fruit and flowers and help fill the large marquee!"

The show ­– which takes place at Marley playing fields, off Aireworth Road, on Saturday, September 7 – will also feature all the traditional agricultural classes, including cattle, sheep, pygmy goats and poultry.

Horses – from Shetlands to shires – will be well represented, and there are showjumping and driving events.

Smaller animals are also catered for. Rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets will all feature, and there is a fun dog show with breed and novelty classes.

For schedules – containing details of all the classes and how to enter – visit, e-mail or call 07704 766010.