Royalty, television stars and Yorkshire Olympic hopefuls will be amongst the visitors to next week’s Great Yorkshire Show.
A young competitor in a sheep handling class at the 2009 Great Yorkshire Show
With only a few days to go until England’s premier agricultural show opens its gates, organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, are predicting a superb three days.
Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director said: “We’re on track for a wonderful show. We have record entries in eight different sections, ticket sales are incredibly good, and our preparations around the showground are going well. We pride ourselves in presenting a quality event, from the standard of livestock to the tidiness of the site and I’m sure our 152nd show will be a great three days.”
Dates are Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 July and the flagship countryside event takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Between 125,000 and 130,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Amongst them will be HRH The Princess Royal as guest of honour on Tuesday, when she will meet livestock exhibitors, visitors and staff around the showground. Television stars including celebrity chefs Rosemary Shrager and Ainsley Harriott will be present, along with national weather presenter, John Kettley. Christine Walkden, resident gardener for BBC’s The One Show will be casting her eye over the horticultural section, whilst Yorkshire Olympic hopefuls can be found on the catwalk in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, Defra Minister, Caroline Spelman will tour the showground. Peter Kendall and William Worsley, President of the NFU and the Country Land and Business Association respectively will be present, and also Stephen Wyrill, Vice Chairman of the Tenants Farmers Association
Around the showground there’s top class show jumping with the Ripon Select Foods Cock o’the North championship as the ultimate goal, a “new look” Garden Show, the vast food hall packed with every conceivable type of regional food and drink, whilst Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance will give visitors the chance to improve their dance techniques through a series of workshops. The 8,000 plus animals competing across the classes provide the heart of the show, and the myriad of trade stands ensure there are plenty of shopping opportunities.
Native Breeds National Show at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show
Bumper Show of Livestock at the Great Yorkshire Show
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