Celebs and animal superstars meet at the Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is a high point of the county’s eventual summer season – and this year’s show is set to be a record-breaker.

This year’s Great Yorkshire Show opens today, Tuesday 13th July, and it’s set to be the biggest and best ever, with something to delight and inspire every one of the 130,000 visitors who are expected to attend Yorkshire’s flagship countryside event.
“We’re on track for a wonderful show,” says Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director.
“We have record entries in eight different sections, and ticket sales are incredibly good. I’m sure our 152nd show will be a great three days.”

Over the next three days, the Harrogate venue will play host to royalty, television stars and Olympic hopefuls. HRH The Princess Royal is guest of honour on opening day, when she will meet livestock exhibitors, visitors and staff.

Christine Walden, resident gardener of BBC’s The One Show, will get a taste of Yorkshire from a crew of keen young gardeners when she judges the Show’s new Vegetable Garden Competition on Wednesday.

There’s a new look garden show, too, where one of the star exhibits is Welcome to Yorkshire’s surreal and amusing Rhubarb Custard and Crumble Garden, fresh from winning a Silver Award and People’s Choice Award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Yorkshire Olympic hopefuls will walk on the catwalk in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion, dressed up to the nines and showing off honed physiques that may just inspire some of us less athletic visitors totake out a new gym membership. Celebrity chefs Rosemary Shrager and Ainsley Harriott, tempting us to indulge, eat well and stay healthy in the vast food hall which is crammed with every conceivable variety of the best food and drink that the region can offer, and Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance will give visitors the chance to burn off calories while improving their dance techniques through a series of workshops.

But you could argue that the human stars are just the supporting cast. The real superstars of the Great Yorkshire Show have fleece, fur hooves and feathers – and there are more than 8,000 of them, from fluffy bunnies and clever collies to massive stud bulls and sleek thoroughbred racehorses.
More than 1,800 horses and ponies have been entered for the Show’s Equestrian Section, with the Ripon Select Foods Cock o’ the North championship as the ultimate goal in the show jumping section. And, as always, the livestock classes will be at the heart of the event, with record numbers of entries in the cattle and sheep classes and more pigs than have been on show for more than 50 years – underlining that the Great Yokshire Show isn’t just the greatest in Yorkshire, but the greatest country show in England.

Come and see Welcome to Yorkshire at stand 643 – for further details visit Yorkshire.com

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