Crowds of up to 20,000 will descend on Pateley Bridge on Monday for the last big event of the agricultural calendar - the Nidderdale Show.
The annual agricultural show, exhibiting the best of local livestock, crafts and produce, traditionally brings the summer season to a close every September.
And after wet weather last year, with downpours on the day deterring all but the hardiest of show-goers, hopes are high for this year’s success.
“I’ve promised everybody the weather will be better this year,” said show president John Fort. “There’s a lot riding on my shoulders if it rains!
“But it’s a fairly safe bet, I’m hoping we won’t be needing that Dunkirk spirit this year. I’m looking forward to seeing thousands of people at the show.”
The Nidderdale Show, known locally as Pateley Show, the Nidderdale Rant or the Pateley Feast, is always held on the first Monday after September 19.
The first show was in 1895 and every year since huge crowds have turned out to what has become known as one of the ‘friendliest’ shows on the agricultural circuit.
“It’s more than just a gathering, it’s a social event,” said show director Trevor Stoney. “People come just to meet friends, relations, and folk they haven’t seen for a while.
“Last year, quite a lot of people were put off by the weather but this year, with a bit of luck and some sunshine, they will all come back.
“People look forward to the Pateley Show. It’s the last of the season. And we must make the most of it as people always say, after this, it’s the start of winter.”
Mr Stoney has been on site this week as pens were put up, marquees built, and the main ring prepared.
“Everything is going very well - we are even ahead of schedule,” he said. “The weather has been in our favour - and the showground is in good condition.
“It’s going to be a good show - and the sun is going to shine. I haven’t dared look at any weather forecasts, but it’s already looking about 100 times better than last year.”
Highlights on Monday will include the return of Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display, last seen in 2011, and performances from Blackmins International Miniature Horses.
Also in the main ring will be the ever popular horse and pony classes, showjumping, terrier racing, and a parade of fox hounds by West of Yore Hunt and Claro Beagles.
Music will be provided by the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band, along with the Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band and St Cuthbert’s Primary School Band.
Always popular with younger visitors is the Pet on a Lead Competition, with entries open on the day, and there will be dog shows and sheep dog trials.
One event which always draws a crowd is the traditional cricket match, to be played this year between Craven XI and Nidderdale XI.
There will be forestry exhibitions, dry stone walling demonstrations, and young farmers competitions, while the best of local produce will be on sale in the Pateley Pantry.
More marquees are being put up for craft exhibitions, horticulture, handicrafts, local history, as well as fur and feather classes.
But the show’s agricultural roots hold true and, for most, the main highlights of the day are the traditional livestock classes, for cattle, horses, sheep and pigs.
“It’s well known that Pateley Show has got some of the best livestock in the north of England,” said Mr Fort.
“It’s unusual for a country show, but Pateley has £23,000 in prize money, and approximately 189 trophies, shields and cups.
“It’s a good one-day traditional show. It’s the last show of the season and it’s the last time a lot of people will get together.
“People look forward to it all year. We’re just hoping that the weather will blow itself out by Monday.”
l Parking on the showground is free for the first time, and there is a tractor and trailer park-and-ride running from Bewerley car park.
l Admission is £10 for adults and free for under 12s. For more information visit www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk.