THE 130th annual Hawkesbury Horticultural Show takes over the village once again this weekend.

Thought to be the longest continually running horticultural show in England, the event remains hugely popular thanks to its mix of traditional exhibits, shopping stalls and arena events.

The show takes place this Saturday, August 29 (from 12.30pm) in the village hall and recreation ground.

Fiona Rowe, from the organising committee, said: “Hawkesbury Horticultural Show is thought to be the longest continually running Horticultural Show in England, running for 130 years without ever being cancelled for war or adverse weather.

“Whilst many traditional horticultural shows have died out in recent years, Hawkesbury Show continues to thrive and adapt to modern life.”

Before opening, local competitors will bring their prize vegetables and homemade jams and cakes to a specially-erected marquee ready for judging later in the day. Categories are wide and varied and include everything from the largest of cabbages to the straightest of runner beans, best scarecrows, dahlias, crafts and homemade wine. This year also sees a new section for home-brewed beer.

The show then opens at 12.30pm and the newly-crowned carnival queen will lead a procession of floats and walking entries, with music from Nailsworth Silver Band, at 1.30pm.

Afternoon entertainment in the arena will feature a falconry display by Michael Davie, traditional Punch and Judy show and Wild West action from The Lawmen, as well as Rogers' fairground rides and the traditional tractor pull competition For the shoppers, the show has also filled every available slot for stalls around the ground featuring various crafts, trades, foods and charities.

“From early in the morning, when the fire for the deer and hog roast is lit, the village comes alive with young and old bringing their exhibits up to the show tent, ready for judging later in the morning,” said show treasurer Richard Blundell.

“The lively beer tent stocks a great selection and the Friends of St Mary's Church also run a Pimms tent throughout the day, and tea and cake is available in the village hall along with video coverage of shows from days gone by.

“It's a traditional, fun day out for all ages and not to be missed.”

Nick Cragg, who owns Country Properties estate agents in Chipping Sodbury, will auction off all the produce later in the day. All proceeds will go towards next year's show.