England’s premier agricultural show is all set for a great three days with around 10,000 animals coming before the judges, and, in what is a first, the Great Yorkshire Show will be the setting for a wedding of two exhibitors.
The show, which runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July, is anticipated to attract around 130,000 visitors as the country’s leading showcase for agricultural excellence and rural life.
Two exhibitors will temporarily leave their sheep and walk across the showground to the President’s Pavilion to get married. After the ceremony, they will go back to work, showing their animals in the judging rings, and will be hoping that they will have double cause to celebrate!
The competitive classes have resulted in the second highest entry figure (12,630) in the Show’s 174 year history, with everything from cattle to cheese and from stick making to sheep shearing.
Also on the agenda are:
- fashion shows with collections from students as well as established designers
- top class show jumping
- a Food Hall presenting the best of British, and particularly Yorkshire fare
- internationally-acclaimed sculptures from the prestigious Yorkshire Sculpture Park
- demonstrations of country skills such as fishing, gun dog training and dry stone walling
- the first heat of an international landscape gardening competition
- extensive displays of everything from combine harvesters to luxury cars
Amongst the visitors will be TV gardener, Christine Walkden of BBC’s “The One Show”, chefs Rosemary Shrager and Clarissa Dixon Wright, and David Bellamy.
The Great Yorkshire Show is held at the 250 acre Great Yorkshire Showground, near the spa town of Harrogate.