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New attractions add to show traditions

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A science show for kids, a Best of Yorkshire pie competition and a Civil War re-enactment are among new attractions coming to Tockwith Show for the first time this year.

The show - on Sunday, August 5 - will see members of The Sealed Knot Society reliving events from the English Civil War, while Sublime Science, who impressed business gurus on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, will deliver their tricks and experiments in the Discovery Zone. Local butchers will be vying for glory in a competition to create a pie encapsulating the Best of Yorkshire, which will be judged by cook and food writer Gilli Davies-Cliff.

The additions will run alongside a packed programme of the usual crowd-pleasers, including the pub tug-o-war, children’s fancy dress competition, classic car and vintage tractor parades, show jumping, and a range of animal demonstrations. Marquees, animal pens and trade stands will be filled with activity throughout the day, and there will also be displays of machinery and agricultural skills.

Show co-chairman Sam Blacker said: “This year, as every year, we have added new elements and names to our programme, in keeping with our ethos of providing a mix of family entertainment and education about rural life, while supporting local farmers and producers.

“We’re also delighted to welcome the Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann Hartley, who will lead a joint Songs of Praise on the show ground at 10.30am.”

Ticket prices remain the same as last year at £10 per adult on the gate (£8 in advance from the website), while accompanied children under 16 go free. For schedules and more information, visit www.tockwithshow.org.uk.