With new classes and non-stop action throughout the day in the main arena, the 115th Kilnsey Show & Sports on Bank Holiday Tuesday, August 28, is again set to provide a thrilling climax to the local agricultural show season.
The annual Yorkshire Dales showpiece, staged by Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society in the shadow of Kilnsey Crag, 12 miles north of Skipton, features over 430 show classes, with a total prize fund of £16,000 and 80 trophies to be won.
The keynote livestock section itself offers £6,500 in prize money, with 124 sheep classes boosted for the first time this year by a new Charollais category.
Equine events include local riding classes, mountain and moorland, shires and hunters – with a new clear round working hunter class introduced this year, along with a fancy dress riding class for the under-14s. There’s also a full harness racing card.
Produce, handicrafts, horticulture and photography show classes are supplemented by other classes - among them dry stone walling, working sheep dogs, tractor handling and vintage tractors - that shine the spotlight on vital aspects of agricultural and rural life and crafts.
First introduced last year, the new hard roads network on the showground proved a resounding success and will again make things much easier for all requiring vehicular access to the field – competitors, exhibitors, officials, the public and the 100-plus food, craft and trade stands that will be in attendance.
This year’s main attraction is the UK FMX Freestyle Moto-Cross team. There’s also an air stunt display and birds of prey and falconry display by Phill Gibbons, head falconer at Ridgeside Falconry in County Durham.
Ruth Shepherdson, whose local gun dog training centre is based near Skipton, will be putting her dogs through their paces, including demonstrating their retrieval skills. There are also fishing and sheep shearing demonstrations.
Kilnsey Show will again be promoting local food and organising educational activities for children and young people.
The annual cookery theatre the features top chefs who will be cooking up the best food the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. Lined up to date are Bruce Elsworth, of the Angel Inn, Hetton, the Coniston Hotel’s Chris Oakden, John Rudden, of Grassington House Hotel, Ross Walker, of the Dog & Gun Inn, Malsis, and the Great British Menu’s Stephanie Moon, a Dales farmer’s daughter who has worked worldwide and now offers chef consultancy services.
The cookery theatre is again being supported by Grassington-based Dales Diaries, while outdoors Josh Sutton, the ‘Guyrope Gourment,’ will be entertaining with his camper van and cooking stove.
A children’s marquee will feature many hands-on educational activities. Budding bread makers will again be given an opportunity to rise to the occasion, courtesy of York University’s Andrew Wood, while the Rev Peter Thomas, from the Craven branch of the Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union (NISCU) will entertain with stories and songs.
Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey return with some of their animals for children to pet, while Skipton Children's Centre will be demonstrating crafts. There will also be displays and activities from Kumon, British Wool and Yorkshire Water. Other activities include decorating biscuits and face painting.
The children’s tent is this year again being sponsored by Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society and The PEEL Entertainment Group, of Broughton Hall. All the activities are free of charge and there will be a baby play area, along with a nappy changing and feeding area for babies.
The Northern Dales Farmers Market returns to give visitors the opportunity to both taste and buy locally produced food. During the afternoon, the show moves into the sports programme, notably its famous fell races taking in the gruelling Kilnsey Crag climb and descent.
Gates opens to visitors at 9.00am and the show goes on until 7.00pm. The cost of admission has been retained at £10 for adults and £2 for children 16 and below, with under 5s free. There are additional charges for on-field parking, though the off-field car parks remain free.
Full details, entry forms and schedules are at www.kilnseyshow.co.uk Show secretary Kathy Lambert can be contacted on 01756 753259, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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