Excitement building for Nidderdale Show

23rdt September 2013'Nidderdale Show 2013.'Pictured cattle on parade during judging'Pictuire by Gerard Binks
23rdt September 2013'Nidderdale Show 2013.'Pictured cattle on parade during judging'Pictuire by Gerard Binks

Excitement is building ahead of the biggest event of the Nidderdale year - the Pateley Show.

Crowds of up to 20,000 are expected to arrive in Pateley Bridge on Monday for this year’s show day spectacular, marking the end of the agricultural season.

The showground has been a hive of activity all week as the marquees are built, with the fair set to arrive today (Thursday).

And now, say organisers, final preparations are being put in place to make sure that this year’s event is a roaring success.

“The arrangements are now well advanced,” said show president John Fort. “The weather now is the key, we are hoping it will stay dry.

“It was a beautiful day last year, if we can do that again it will be magnificent.”

The Nidderdale Show, which traditionally marks the end of the show season, is held on the third Monday of every September on the Pateley Bridge showground.

Crowds of people from across the county are expected to attend this coming Monday, September 22, enjoying a mix of traditional farming favourites events as well as some more modern entertainment.

Main ring events this year are to include a mountain bike show from stunt man Jez Avery, as well as the horse judging, parade of hounds and the grand parade.

Stands are now in place for horticulture displays, home produce and handicrafts, along with a craft marquee and the heritage marquee, while local businesses are setting up their trade stands.

Extra space has had to be found this year for the walking stick entries - with a surprise number of entries up 30 per cent from last year and 50 per cent from two years ago.

“They’ve really come to prominence this year,” said Mr Fort. “We’ve got 233 entries - we’ve had to find some new stands to accommodate them.

“The Pateley Show is a traditional agricultural show, and we are keeping up those traditions with such skills.

“Jez Avery’s stunt show is the main event this year, for the younger ones, and the terrier racing is always popular.

“But I always recommend the grand parade at 3.30pm in the main ring, when all the prizes are given out. It doesn’t matter which show you go to, nothing beats that.”

And, says Mr Fort, with excitement building and final touches now being put in place, the ground is set for yet another fine show day.

“It’s the last show of the season,” he said. “The ground is in tip top condition.

“It’s like a green carpet. All we need now is some fine weather on the day.”

What’s on at the 2014 Nidderdale Show

This year’s Nidderdale Show line up, from the traditional to the more modern, offers something for everyone say organisers.

One of the highlights on the day is always the livestock classes, from dairy and beef cattle to sheep, pigs and goats. There are horse and pony competitions, show jumping, fur and feather, as well as the Young Farmers competitions. The dog show - and terrier racing - always draws a crowd, while sheep dog trials bring a touch of the traditional. And one of the most popular areas - the Pateley Pantry food marquee - promises a huge range of delicious local produce on display.

Music from the Lofthouse & Middlesmoor Band, the Meltham and Meltham Mills Band, and St Cuthbert’s Primary School Band, will add to the festive atmosphere.

While for younger visitors there is a Pet on a Lead competition, as well as a vast funfair, and in areas surrounding the main show area there will be dry stone walling, a forestry exhibition, vintage tractor and machinery displays, and a cricket match between local groups.

l Tickets are £10 for adults and children, aged under 12, go free. For more visit www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk.