The 70th anniversary of the Weeton Show

Weeton Show celebrates its 70th anniversary show this year on Sunday 26 July 2015.

Weeton Show is one of the largest village agricultural shows in the region. Founded in 1945, the show continues to grow each year and we are delighted to be celebrating our 70th anniversary this year!

  • Weeton & District Horticultural & Agricultural Show is run by volunteers from local parishes
  • The Show attracts 3,500 through each year.
  • The show has been running since 1945 – this is our 70th Anniversary Show
  • Profits from the Show are shared with local charities
  • The Show is being held on 26 July 2015 in the village of Weeton which is three miles north of Harewood and Pool-in-Wharfedale.

The show takes place in the small village of Weeton, which for one day is transformed with the 3,000 visitors. A treat is in store for those who come down to the showground. Horse riders fill the show-jumping arena, sheep flock in the championship pens, prize courgettes and dahlias are on show in the produce tent and stalls around the grounds are filled with local food and crafts.

Children can learn to build a dry stone wall, be a clown for the day or watch the ferrets racing it out, whilst the more athletic can take part in a 7km running chase cross country through the woods of Rougemont Castle. Big entertainment takes place in the main ring through the day with events including traditional carriage driving, a tribute to Land Rover Defender (also nearing its 70 year birthday) and the famous ‘Extreme Mountain Bike Show’. And for those tired at the end of a long day, the bar waits with the temptation of a pint of our very special Weeton Wiggle.

General Secretary, Candy Waller said:

We are all very excited about the 2015 show as 70 years is a big anniversary for us. We feel the pressure to put on a great show, but with all the wonderful volunteers we have to help out and the months of planning and preparation we should be fine!  On show-day I will be up early to get things moving.

I love getting down to the show field at 6am, walking round before anyone else arrives checking everything is in place. There’s a great sense of anticipation that something special is about to happen.

Then the volunteers, competitors, exhibitors, traders and visitors start to arrive and before you know it the field is buzzing with thousands of guests having a great day out.

 

 

Vice Chair, Paula Ware said:

We are immensely proud of our show which started as a local gathering for the village farming community in the months following the end of the Second World, but has evolved over the years to a much bigger event for families throughout the surrounding villages. At the heart of the show we still have the agricultural and produce classes that were there from the very start– horses, sheep, vegetables, honey, wine, cakes and crafts. But every year we sit down and like to add some extra entertainment for the family. This year we will have terrier racing, vintage tractors, show jumping and an Extreme Mountain Bike Display Team and of course the children love to take part in our fun races, eat ice-cream and giggle at Punch and Judy.

Whether you come to compete, enjoy the entertainment or just wander round the tents and stalls, there’s something for everyone.

This year’s show takes place on 26 July 2015 from 10am – 5pm in Weeton village (LS17 0AN). For more details see www.weetonshow.co.uk or follow on Facebook / Twitter.

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