Stars of 'The Dales' travel in style....
The 99th Wensleydale Agricultural Show this weekend has laid on a red double-decker London bus to meet
visitors arriving by rail or bus. It will take them up to the showground calling at the town centre enroute.
Show president Julie Clarke said: “ We thought the bus would be nice for anyone wanting to come to the show by
train or bus . They can get our London bus from either the railway station or Leyburn up to the show and of course back again at the end of the the day.”
This year’s main ring display features two stars from the ITV programme ‘The Dales’, Carol and Philip Mellin. The Mother and son duo that run a farm at Oakworth are well-known as owners of highly-skilled sheep dogs who feature in their act. Mrs Mellin quipped: “ While I am here I’ll definitely have look in at the sheep dog trials.”
Entries to all classes, which range from cattle, sheep, ponies, to heavy horses are high, with horticultural,
handicraft, and home craft sections also well supported. Judging the Wensleydale sheep class is Welcome to
Yorkshire's Gary Verity. Poultry, reintroduced three years ago after an absence of nearly 50 years, has proved a big hit with the public eager to view both the birds and eggs. Sheepdog trails, walking sticks, and a quoits competition are always popular to those with an interest in countryside activities.
Completely undercover and unaffected in the event of poor weather is the Food from Farming marquee. With the number of food sellers at the show continuing to rise this new area is seen as a focal point for visitors. Dog lovers enjoy the on the day dog show, with six classes being judged. Dogs can compete for the ‘Best biscuit catcher' or ‘best six legs’ and other fun themes.
Vintage tractors, cars, and steam traction engines will be on display during day and take part in a grand procession through the main ring at 1.30pm. Throughout the day 3000 entries are whittled down to the winners with more than 100 trophies awarded. Many of these will be presented in the main ring. Children are well catered for with rides and attractions and a fancy dress completion. Show Chairman Mr David Ford said: “We always work hard to ensure the show retains its traditional aspect and yet is still fresh with new classes or attractions."
The show takes place from 10am on Saturday August 24th; the show ground is well signposted and has free parking.