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Kilnsey Show Countdown Begins

The countdown has begun in earnest to the 118th Kilnsey Show & Sports, on Tuesday, September 1st 2015.

Organised by Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society against the backdrop of Kilnsey Crag, the Yorkshire Dales’ best-known farming, rural life and crafts showcase attracts people from regional farming communities, along with thousands of visitors from across the North of England.

Kilnsey Show

Kilnsey Show

Over 400 individual show classes, with more than 80 trophies to be won, will again offer £17,000 in prize money worth, of which £7,000 is up for grabs in the multi-breed sheep and cattle livestock classes, which have always been at the heart of the event.

With many sheep indigenous to the Dales and beyond, Kilnsey remains one of the UK’s leading sheep shows. The Sheep Show, sponsored by NFU and a standalone attraction in its own right, will be returning for the second year.

Horses will again be on parade in the main arena throughout the day, with show classes for Shires, working hunters, mountain and moorland, and ridden horse classes, plus local riding competitions. A full harness racing programme, with trackside bookmakers for those fancying a flutter, takes places towards the latter end of the day.

Moreover, Kilnsey Show shines the spotlight on hill farming and the skills of its regional agricultural communities, tracing the bounty they produce from field to fork.

The event remains renowned for promoting local food and the popular Cookery Theatre, featuring cooking demonstrations from leading local chefs, will again be key to the event. The Northern Dales Farmers Market will be setting up stall too.

Kilnsey Show is also renowned for catering for all ages, and the Children’s Marquee, once more sponsored by PEEL Entertainment, from Broughton, will offer plenty of educationally-led activities to keep the kids both occupied and interested.

Dry stone walling, sheep dog trials, vintage tractors, produce, handicrafts and horticulture are just some of the many other activities featured on the action-packed agenda.

The Gundogs display will be bigger and better this year, with Labradors being put through their paces for the first time, while the local Fire Brigade will be hotting things up with their own display.

All eyes will be pointing skywards when multiple British Aerobatics champion Tom Cassells, of Skyboard Aerobatics, again flies in during the afternoon with his thrilling and daredevil display.

Later in the afternoon, the show moves into its annual sports programme, with the famous fell races up and down Kilnsey Crag the undoubted highlight. However, plans are also being finalised to reintroduce on-field track events this year, with a one-mile race already confirmed. These races proved extremely popular in the past and look set to create additional interest for spectators.

President for the second year running is Halton East farmer Donald Sunderland, while Dales farmer Robert Lambert remains chairman, with his wife Kathy Lambert continuing to act as secretary.

Kilnsey Show

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