Countryside Live returned with a record number of entries and a feast of attractions for over 12,000 visitors at the weekend.
Now in its fourteenth year, the popular two-day autumn agricultural show at the Great Yorkshire Showground was packed with things to see and do, aiming to provide ‘something for everyone’.
Enjoying the show was Mark Mallender, 41, with his two four-year-old children, India and Luca.
He said: “It’s a great day out for the kids, they’ve really enjoyed the chance to see animals up close and ride on the tractors.”
The overall entry figure across all competitions was 3,206, and one of the many entrants, who was proudly exhibiting his award-winning chrysanthemums in the showground’s exhibition hall, was David Greaves.
He said: “I am pleased to have been recognised at the show, I’ve been exhibiting for 30 years now, and when you come to a show like this, I think it does really bring everyone together.”
Nearby was John Dale, standing next to his award-winning carrots. He said: “It is a very good show to win at, there are some excellent exhibitors here so to have won prizes here is great.”
Greeting visitors to the show were members of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
Vice Chairman of Development and Marketing Rachel Goldie, said: “We’re really happy to be here because we think it’s really important to be able to engage with new members and young people interested in joining us. It’s a good atmosphere, and it’s good to talk to people about what we do.”
Rosie Powley, 16, said: “I really like watching the show jumping clinic, and it’s a really friendly show.”
For others it was all about the stalls. James Johnson said: “The food’s been amazing, and I’ve enjoyed taking it all in, seeing what I can buy.”
The show also welcomed VIP guests including BBC MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, who officiated at the chef cook off in the new showpiece cookery theatre.
Show director Charles Mills declared the weekend a big success.
He said: “It’s been a fantastic show with great entries. We’ve had a lot of new additions such as the alpacas and I’ve been incredibly pleased to see young handlers in the rare breeds sheep section. I’m very keen to see young people involved in everything we do here.”
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, is delighted at the show’s evolution.
He said: “I think the food hub and cookery theatre were great additions and really got our point across - the journey from farmers’ fields to the food on our plates. People have been very interested and it’s something we can develop further next year.”