Weather won’t stop our show

Picture submitted by Rosie Howard
Picture submitted by Rosie Howard

As events across the district and beyond fall victim to the wet weather this summer, organisers of the Nidderdale Show have vowed the event will go ahead.

Classes are open for entries and the Nidderdale Agricultural Society is confident it can cope with conditions – but is still hoping for a fine day.

Assistant show director Trevor Stoney said: “We’re used to the wet weather.

“The Yorkshire Show aren’t used to it, because it’s summertime, whereas we often have wet weather.

“We’ve worked out where it’s the hardest and where it won’t make as much mess. Unlike the Yorkshire Show, we can move things at the last minute if we have to.”

Mr Stoney, whose father Joe is show director, said he expected some entrants and stallholders to be nervous about booking in for the September event, well known for being the last show of the season, after so many other events have had to be called off.

But he added: “At the moment, the show field is looking very well. We could go ahead even now – 80 per cent of the show field is in good condition and firm.”

Organisers are also hoping the predicted good weather over the coming days will help farmers catch up on lost time so they feel able to go to the show by September.

With plenty of entertainment on offer, the crowds are likely to turn out whatever the weather. This year’s programme includes the Inch Perfect Trials Display Team, traditional brass bands, cricket, Young Farmers mascot football and the ever-popular terrier racing.

Mr Stoney added: “We’ve been unlucky with the weather for the last two or three years – surely it’s our turn for some sun!”

For a schedule, contact show secretary Susan Monk at Victoria House, West End, Askrigg, Leyburn, DL8 3HN, email or call 01969 650129.

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