98th Wensleydale Agricultural Show

Res Beef Champion Stubbs Walden Emperor, owned by Ken Jackson of Selby.
Res Beef Champion Stubbs Walden Emperor, owned by Ken Jackson of Selby.

THOUSANDS turned out despite the damp weather to enjoy one of the highlights in the Yorkshire Dales’ social calendar.

The 98th Wensleydale Agricultural Show had a full range of classes including cattle, sheep, and heavy horse, horticultural, handicraft, and home craft sections with a flower and vegetable show.

A popular new addition – and handy when rain started around 2.30pm – was the Food from Farming marquee, showing off local food producers.

Also new to the show, which took place just outside Leyburn on August 25, was a retrained racehorse class, arena bike trials and a dog show.

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne judged and presented prizes for best trade stand with his wife, Lady Diana.

Show chairman David Ford indicated numbers were down from last year’s 7,000 to in excess of 5,000 but said: “We were very pleased with the attendance under the circumstances.

“We had a very wet summer, followed by a wet Thursday and Friday afternoon, and it actually managed to stay fine till 2.30pm, which was a massive relief.

“I was very impressed by the stoicism of the public and traders and it turned out to be a success. We have growing local interest which is reflected in increasing membership.”

l More pictures on pages 10 and 11