Special preview: 98th Wensleydale Agricultural Show on this weekend

Judging the sheep classes.
Judging the sheep classes.

Wensleydale Agricultural Show is taking place just outside Leyburn at the weekend.

Despite several agricultural shows falling victim to the unseasonable weather over the summer, organisers say the 98th instalment of the popular annual event is definitely going ahead on Saturday, August 25.

Show chairman David Ford said: “In recent years we have worked hard to ensure the showground is well drained and we also have extra space available on adjacent land.

“So despite the recent bad weather we are confident everything will be in order on the day.”

The show is one of Wensleydale’s largest events and will feature both traditional attractions and up-to-date entertainment for families wanting a day out, including attractions for children.

Classes range from cattle, poultry, sheep, and heavy horse to horticulture, handicraft, and home-craft sections with a flower and vegetable show. More than 100 trophies will be competed for out of an anticipated 3,000 entries.

There is also a vintage vehicles section including tractors, cars and steam traction engines.

Organisers are promising a full programme of events in the main ring and around the ground with top billing going to the motorcycle stunt group Inch Perfect Trials Display Team.

New to the show this year is a ‘Food from Farming’ marquee which will be completely undercover. With the number of food sellers at the show continuing to rise, this new area is seen as a focal point for visitors who will be able to sample and buy productss. It is anticipated more than 30 local artesian food producers and retailers will be taking part.

Also new to the show will be a re-trained racehorse class, arena bike trials, and a dog show.

The show has free parking and the ground will be well signposted, say the organisers.

l For more information visit the website www.wensleydaleshow.org.uk or follow the event on Twitter or Facebook.