Preparations are well underway for the last big event of the agricultural calendar, the Nidderdale Show.
The annual show, drawing crowds of up to 20,000 to the Nidderdale Showground in Pateley Bridge, is to be held next Monday, September 23.
Organisers have this week begun preparing the area, putting up tents and pens and making it ‘show ready’.
Director Trevor Stoney said: “The field and the ground is in good condition - it could stand a wet day or two.
“Entries have now closed. They are good, at least as good as last year.
“It’s looking to be a good show. As long as the weather stops as it has been.”
‘Pateley Show’, as the Nidderdale Show is affectionately known, is a traditional Dales agricultural show, one of the oldest in the region.
Also known as the Nidderdale Rant or Pateley Feast, the showground’s favourable position was first granted a charter for a weekly market to be held in 1319 by King Edward II.
This became a grant to allow one fair every year, which should never fall before September 19.
The county’s finest livestock will be on display, along with the best of produce and crafts the Dales has to offer.
This year’s main ring attraction will be a display from Blackmins International Miniature Horses.
The ever-popular Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Silver Band will be providing music along with the Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band and St Cuthbert’s Primary School Band.
There will be a forestry exhibition, trade stands, a funfair, and dry stone walling demonstrations.
One highlight of the event is the Pateley Pantry, featuring local cakes, baking, goodies and produce, while talented craftsmen will showcase their wares in the craft tent.
There will be a vintage tractor display, terrier racing, a Young Farmers’ mascot football match, and the traditional cricket match with Craven XI vs Nidderdale XI.
Livestock classes include traditional sheep, cows, fur and feather, as well a dog show and sheep dog trials. For younger competitors there is the children’s pet on a lead class.
Nidderdale Show begins at 8am with the judging of the Ridden Hunter class and closes at approximately 5.30 – 6pm with the conclusion of the Show Jumping competitions.
Trade stands and trade marquees are open from 9am to 5.30pm. Admission is £10 for adults and free for under 12s.
For more information about the line up, visit www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk.