RURAL Lancashire was celebrated in all its glory at the 90th Chipping Show this weekend.

Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, the event offers a mixture of agricultural shows, competitions and activities for adults and children.

This year there was the Chipping Pony Club's Mounted Games, sheep racing, children's sports, a tug of war and an egg catching competition.

Visitors admired a range of flowers and vegetables on display in the horticultural marquee while cookery, crafts, photography and flower arranging took place in the competitions marquee.

Vintage tractors also give a glimpse into the history of farming in the Ribble Valley.

There were also classes for cattle, sheep, light horses, shire horses and ponies.

Organisers said thousands of people attended.

Paul Hunt, secretary, said: "It was excellent.

"We were lucky with the weather considering all the rain we have had in previous years. It was a really nice afternoon.

"Visitors were slightly down on last year but we still had in excess of 3,000 people.

"Exhibits were also up on last year which is a good sign.

"Highlights included the Chipping Pony Club's mounted games and showjumping demo which was well received.

"The sheep racing was fun and we had the seven and a half mile fell race with the Preston Harriers.

"It is about celebrating farming and rural life.

"It is a small local country show with an emphasis on farming.

"The animals and animal classes are a big part of the show."

Some of the winners included Phillip Woof, who picked up the president's choice champion shire horse for Marieth Melody while his Marieth Maizie won champion shire horse.

Bowker BMW won best trade stand while W and C Gorst and sons picked up dairy championship.