The organisers of the Aldborough and Boroughbridge show are getting set for a record turnout of visitors for their centenary year.
The show had to be postponed last year due to the disastrous weather – but now visitors can expect a bigger and better event than ever before on Sunday, July 21.
“The phones have been so busy and we are expecting more people than ever,” show vice-chairman, Catherine Park-Peyton, told the Gazette.
“Last year was a desperate show with the weather. We are really excited because it’s our centenary year and what better was to celebrate it with such glorious weather?” she said.
The show’s organisers revealed that this year’s show has a special addition to celebrate the centenary – Show Queen Lizzie Elgie and her attendant Molly Wass. Lizzie will be officially crowned at the opening of the show by the Mayor of Boroughbridge, Graham Archer, at 11.30am, as Stray FM’s Patrick Dunlop kicks off the day’s festivities.
But this years main attraction will be the famous dancing sheep, which will perform alongside a host of other attractions including dog agility, terrier racing, private driving classes, a vintage parade, numerous trade stands and a craft-tent.
Old favourites will once again grace the show field, located on the road between Langthorpe and Skelton on Ure, such as horse, dog, donkey, cattle and sheep classes, children’s attractions, and horiculture and handicrafts workshops.
Catherine emphasised the importance of dog activities and attractions on the day. “One of the few things we can promise every year is lots to do for dogs. We love dogs!” she said.
The new picnic area, first introduced last year, has also been expanded for the centenary year, and the popular children’s races have been given a separate ring of their own. There will also be a free bus service available.
“We are so proud of our show and have tried to pull out the stops for our centenary show. It’s a small show with a big personality!” said Catherine.