Bumper entries set to put Wensleydale Show top of the agricultural calendar

Champion Limosin
Champion Limosin

With a record 3000 entries and over 100 trophies to compete for, Wensleydale Agricultural Show is looking forward to a bumper year.

The 97th show opens its gates this weekend, Saturday, August 27.

A traditional agricultural show there will be cattle, sheep poultry and heavy horses as well as horticultural classes, handicraft and home craft sections.

Flowers and a vegetables will have their own sections and lovers of vintage vehicles will have a chance to see tractors, cars, and other classic vehicles.

After the successful re-introduction of the poultry and egg section last year following a gap of over 40 years this year’s entries have also reached record levels.

With over 400 exhibitors the section has to be housed in a larger marquee.

A full programme of events is planned in the main ring with top billing going to the Moto-Stunts International Display Team.

Led by Tony and Brandon Baily they are a team of eight to ten riders will be performing skilled tricks and freestyle display jumping, and have riders from just seven-years-old.

Catterick Beagles and Bedale Foxhounds, will be parading around the main ring which will also be the venue for a fancy dress competition and an on-the-day dog show.

Competitions around the showground will include walking stick competitions, sheep dog trials, open quoits, and dry stonewalling.

Show Chairman Mr David Ford said: “As well as a medium for exhibition and entertainment I see the role of our event as one of educating the beneficiaries of agriculture in our area- the consumer.

“To do this we are constantly striving to innovate and improve the show.”

The 97th Wensleydale Show on the A6108 in Leyburn opens its gates at 9.30am until 5.30pm at Leyburn.

Entry is £8 for adults children £4 and under 5s free.

A family ticket at £20 admits two adults and up to 3 children. Parking is free.

For more information log onto www.wensleydaleshow.org.uk