Entries for next month’s Great Yorkshire Show have hit an all-time high. A total of 12,713 have been received for the competitive classes at England’s premier show – ranging from cheese to cattle and from goats to gardens. The previous best was in 2009 when 12,189 were received.
Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director said: “This is an absolutely wonderful achievement and a terrific endorsement of the popularity and importance of our show. Once again it’s a case of quality and quantity. We have competitors coming from across the country – sheep shearers from New Zealand, and cattle exhibitors from Aberdeen and from Devon, as well as from closer to home. The Great Yorkshire Show is a terrific day out and also the flagship for British agriculture. The fact that entry figures have steadily risen year on year is a testament to that. We very much appreciate the support we have received once again from our exhibitors.”
Dates for the show are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and there will be at least 10,000 animals competing over the three days. There are records in the sheep (2,085 entries), poultry (1,203), lamb carcases (80), pigeons (703) and wool sections (240). The equine section has attracted 2,036 entries plus 203 in the show jumping classes, there are 395 pig entries – just shy of last year’s record of 406, and the cattle number 1,111 – with a waiting list in operation, as has been the case for a number of years.
The show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, and the Society’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and The Duchess of Cornwall will be the guests of honour. They will tour the show on Wednesday 13 July.