The Yorkshire County Show, organised by Yorkshire Young Farmers, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday, June 3, at Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge.
The show is a huge success story, with rising attendance figures each year. However, without the disastrous foot and mouth outbreak at the beginning of the century, it would not even exist.
This year’s Yorkshire County Show promises to be the best yet, with more entertainment and - at the age of ten - more youthful spirit than ever provided by its organisers.
Today the organisation is thriving, but a decade ago it was in turmoil in the aftermath of the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001.
County chairman Kelly Armitage explained. “Foot and mouth caused us to suspend activities for months and members found other things to do, clubs shut down and membership fell sharply. We came up with the county show to give us a flagship event, a shop window open to the public and something to pull members back together.
“Incorporating the finals of Yorkshire Young Farmers’ annual competitions into the format of the day makes it unique among other country shows, bursting with the enthusiasm and passion of our members, aged between 10 and 26-years-old.
“A decade of hard work later, the show is really maturing and the integration of competitions such as tug of war, sheep shearing and dance, combined with more traditional show attractions such as falconry, food halls, trade stands – even professional lawn mower racing! - makes this an exciting family day out at a very affordable price.”
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