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One of Yorkshire’s last surviving village shows is using modern technology to ensure its traditions can continue to promote and support rural life.
Tockwith Show was one of the first local agricultural events to have its own website a decade ago and organisers have now invested in a new site where people can find the latest information about this year’s event and buy tickets online.
They have also developed their own Facebook page to help them communicate with visitors of all ages.
Tockwith Show was founded in 1945 and now attracts around 10,000 visitors a year to the event at its dedicated showground just outside Tockwith but chairman Sam Blacker said attracting visitors and introducing fresh ideas was a constant challenge for the committee.
“We are very conscious of the fact that so many traditional shows have disappeared and everyone on the committee feels passionately that Tockwith Show must keep up with the times to survive,” he said.
“It costs thousands to put on this event every year but the benefit to the local community is huge.
“Not only is it a great social occasion, it educates people in the traditions of farming and the countryside.
“Education has always been a big focus for us and representatives from each show entry category are available on the day to answer questions and provide information.”
This year’s event will be held on Saturday August 6 and will include a traditional farriers’ competition, cookery demonstrations, a gun dog display, children’s entertainment, an extensive farmer’s market and many more attractions. A fundraising hog roast will be held on June 11.
Full programme details, online ticket booking and information about show membership are available at www.tockwithshow.org.uk and on Facebook the show’s page can be found by searching Tockwith and District Show.