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Another Successful Year for Countryside Live
30/10/07

New attractions and plenty of opportunities to get 'hands-on' ensured the fifth Countryside Live was a great success with visitors.

13 year old Tilly Ireland of York with "Echo", who took part in the dog agility demonstrations at Countryside Live over the weekend.

Tilly Ireland of York with "Echo"

The two-day celebration of rural life is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and was held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate this weekend (27 & 28 October).

In September the decision was taken to cancel livestock classes because of the movement restrictions, which Honorary Show Director Bill Cowling said had undoubtedly affected attendance as the event is traditionally well supported by the farmers. The gate figure for the two days was 7,417 compared with last year's record breaker of 9,282.

"We have had a great two days, "said Mr Cowling. "When we were faced with having to cancel the livestock classes, we could have taken the decision to cancel the entire event, but we decided to go ahead, and wave the flag for the farming industry and rural life.

It is vital, as the centre of agricultural excellence in the North of England, that we continue to support the industry and provide a bridge between farmers and their customers, and we very much hope we will have the livestock back next year."

Competitive classes attracted plenty of entries, with Doncaster beekeeper Alan Woodward taking the honours in the Honey Show's Yorkshire Herald Cup. There were also high-quality exhibits in the Knaresborough Horticultural Society Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show - only the second time it had been held outside the town.

Winner of the Lishman Challenge Cup for best chrysanthemum exhibit was David Greaves of Knaresborough, while the Staveley Challenge Cup for best exhibit in vegetable classes was Peter Ridsdale of Kirkby Overblow, near Harrogate. William Barker of Great Broughton, Thirsk, was Reserve Champion.

In the poultry section, the championship went to Mrs Samantha Berry of Rectory Farm, of Thornton in Craven, Skipton with a female Birchen, whilst in the pigeons, Roy Sutcliffe of Keighley showed the Champion and Reserve Fancy Pigeon whilst Keith and Gill Robson of Darlington showed the Champion Fancy Flyer.

Country Cool, the fashion show held at Countryside Live for the first time, proved enormously popular, with crowds flocking to enjoy each of the three daily catwalk shows which were compèred by celebrity florist Carl Wilde.

Dog agility demonstrations by members - human and canine - of the Harrogate Agility Training Society were another new feature, again drawing plenty of interest as the dogs raced around the specially-designed obstacle course.


Elsewhere around the event, children enjoyed trying their hand at bread-making, thatching and colouring, while shoppers browsing the stalls for early Christmas presents were accompanied by a background of jazz music.

link Countdown to a Cracking Countryside Live 2007
link Fun For All the Family at Countryside Live 2007
link Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair Cancelled for 2007

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