Kilnsey Show organisers are praying that the Bluetongue protection zone, this week extended to cover parts of North Yorkshire, will be further widened to take in Upper Wharfedale – home of Britain’s biggest annual one-day agricultural show.
Standing from left, Food and Farming for REAL chairman Steven Crabtree, REAL's Alastair Davy and Ian Smith, Kilnsey Show chairman Robert Lambert and vice-chairman Simon Butcher. Seated, REAL's Christine Clarkson and Christine Ryder.
Local farmer Robert Lambert, chairman of Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, organisers of the 110th Kilnsey Show, on Tuesday, August 26, said: “We are keeping our figures crossed that Defra’s continuing roll-out of Bluetongue vaccine will see the whole of North Yorkshire designated a protection zone ahead of the show, which would allow us to stage livestock classes open to virtually all.
“This would be a major boost, particularly in view of the fact that foot and mouth last year caused the cancellation of sheep and cattle classes, for which the show is renowned.
“In any event, we are well prepared for all eventualities. While Kilnsey must always remain a traditional livestock-led agricultural show, we have responded by organising many different events and activities that give the event all-round family appeal – and the 2008 show has all the makings of being one of the biggest and best on record. “
A total of 78 trophies and £16,000 in prize money, including £6,500 in the livestock classes alone, are up for grabs.
Some £26,000 worth of funding and sponsorship is now in place for this year’s event, the lion’s share of which has been raised by Food and Farming for REAL, including a recent contribution of £2,000 from Skipton Building Society.
Food and Farming for REAL - Rural & Regeneration, Education & Environment, Agriculture & Arts, Local & Leisure – was launched at the 2007 event and, 12 months on, the curtain will fall on this flagship project, which has highlighted the vital role and positive contribution hill farming communities make to modern-day life.
Kilnsey Show and Sports attracts visitors, exhibitors and competitors from across the North of England and further afield.
Livestock classes are supplemented by day-long horse events - show jumping, shires, hunters and harness racing, along with displays and demonstrations showcasing all aspects of agricultural and rural life, including local produce and handicrafts, around 100 trade stands and 40 food stalls.
There is a major emphasis on regional produce, notably in the food hall being run by Northern Dales Farmers Market, also one of the major funders of the show. A Cookery Theatre will feature demonstrations by leading local chefs.
The REAL marquee will showcase the best of what the region has to offer – from the view you see to the food on your plate, regional arts and culture, rural crafts and skills.
Younger visitors will find even more of interest this year, notably a dedicated children’s educational area with plenty of hands-on activities. The highlight of the annual Kilnsey Sports is the famous Crag Race.
A detailed schedule of classes and prizes is available from show secretary Kathy Lambert on 01756 753259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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