The Great Yorkshire Show’s appeal stretches far beyond the agricultural industry and the show expected to draw in around 130,000 over the three days.
With food stands, fashion shows and even a make shift beach , visitors could be entertained without setting foot near a four legged beast.
Visitor John Dix from Cleethorpes attended the show for the first time this year and took in the fashion show at the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion
He said: “I thought I would be disappointed, I thought it would be all agricultural.
“I have been surprised it has much more than I anticipated, there is something for everyone.”
Michael Addis of Addis Garden Design from Helperby had a stand in the garden show. He said: “This is the only show that we do. It’s the best show in the country.
His wife Rebecca added: “It is more than an agricultural show, there is just so much on offer, you see something different every year.
Anne Moore a volunteer at Horticap Blue Coat Nursery explained that their eye catching display at the garden show was based on John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids. She added: “It is a huge honour for our students to see their work on display at a show like this.”
Crowds flocked to the show’s food hall which boasted home-made goodies from across the country .
Georgina Smith, 19, was working on Robinson’s stand from Knaresborough
She said: “The food hall is amazing, there is so much to choose from, some of the displays are so impressive, the presentation is excellent.
“The important thing is to keep butchers round here going.
“All of our meat is locally sourced so it is important to support the local farmers.”
One of the most unexpected attractions of the show is the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion which attracted around 6,000 people for it’s runway shows.
Local designers including Harrogate college graduates were shown alongside high street brands Joules and Hobbs. Senior fashion Steward John Warburton said: “The fashion shows attract more and more people each year.
“It is good to offer visitors lots of choice and to promote fashion’s link to agriculture.”l
lLast weekend the Harrogate Advertiser featured a fashion spread with designs by Harrogate College students Demelsa Haughton and Kushvant Jutla which had been shot on location at Goldsborough Hall.