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Great Yorkshire Show open for business

Great Yorkshire Show open for business

9:11am 13th July 2010

The Great Yorkshire Show's open for business in Harrogate.

Its set to be a record breaking year as they've announced the highest entry figures ever across eight of the 24 sections in the competitive classes. 

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “We have records in eight sections - cattle, sheep, pigs, angora goats, poultry, pigeons, horse shoeing and cheese. We're absolutely delighted as it is a clear indication of the high regard in which the show is held and our sales of advance tickets have been excellent.”

The Show runs from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 July and  around 125,000 visitors are expected to come through the gates.

Over the next three days, we can see everything from farm animals to cookery demonstrations.

A brief history of the Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show was born in October 1837 when a group of leading agriculturalists, led by the third Earl Spencer, met at the Black Swan Hotel in Coney Street, York to discuss the future of the farming industry*.

The result was the decision to form an organisation - the Yorkshire Agricultural Society - whose aims were to improve and develop agriculture and hold an annual show of excellence.        

Thus the wheels were set in motion and the first Yorkshire Show was held in Fulford, York, in 1838. Attendance figures were not recorded until 1842 when the Show was held in York. The figure was 6,044. In the early years, in common with other shows, the Yorkshire was peripatetic. It was held in all the main centres of population - no fewer than 30 towns in the three ridings.         

Then in 1950 the innovative decision was taken to build a permanent showground. The Harrogate site was purchased and its imaginative layout and excellent facilities quickly resulted in it becoming a role model for others.           

In 1992 the decision was made to remain on the Harrogate site and an ambitious £10m re-development programme was embarked upon. Since then the Showground's prestigious conference and events venue, the Yorkshire Events Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate have gone from strength to strength. In addition the number of events staged on the Showground year round has increased dramatically - it is now busy 12 months of the year.

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