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History of The West Show
Parish cattle shows
Jersey dairy farmers have long had a tradition of showing the quality of their herds at parish cattle shows. In more recent times, the number of competitors participating in these shows sadly dwindled and spectators were limited mainly to those directly involved in the dairy industry.
In 1997, the organisers of one of the Island’s few remaining parish cattle shows, the Three Western Parishes Show encompassing St Mary, St Peter and St Ouen, met to find a way of re-vitalising their show and attracting a wider audience. The Cattle Association of the Parish of St Brelade was invited to join them, the West Show Association was formed, and the West Show was born.
West Show Association
The aims of the West Show Association include:
• Providing and encouraging the provision of facilities for showing and exhibiting Jersey cattle, other farm animals, and Jersey-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers.
• Providing and encouraging the provision of facilities for educating, informing and promoting public interest in Jersey, in the history and the present and future development of Jersey cattle, agriculture and horticulture and in Island life and culture.
In line with these aims, successful shows have been run in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 2008, 2010 and 2012 on a 55 vergée site in St Peter’s Village.
You may recall the horrendous weather encountered at the 2012 show, and subsequent damage that was caused to fields – a number of which could not be used productively by the Quénault family for some time. Use of these fields form an important part of Classic Herd’s business and, as a result, it will not be possible to run a full West Show again at our St Peter “showground”.
Instead, our plan is now to run the Western Parish Fête at Manor Farm on the second Saturday of July of each year. The fête will necessarily be run on a much smaller scale than the West Show, and will be centred on the Association’s popular horticultural marquee, children’s activities and musical entertainment. From time to time, we hope to also run evening events, following the success of our barn dance in 2014.
An annual cattle show had been held each year up until 2010.