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Countryside Live lays on fun for family
ORGANISERS are putting the finishing touches to this year’s Countryside Live in Harrogate.
The two-day event, which takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground on the weekend of October 19 and 20, attracts some of the finest livestock entries from all over the country.
Designed for all the family, it features new attractions this year, including a carriage- driving competition on the Saturday, displays from the Tailwagger Dog Team, and chainsaw carving demonstrations.
This is the 11th Countryside Live and organisers hope it breaks last year’s record visitor attendance of 12,061.
The event includes competitive sheep, equine, pigeons, poultry, honey and farriery classes, demonstrations of country skills, ring displays, have-a-go activities and stands selling everything from cheese to country clothing.
The search for Britain’s Top Show Jumper competition, with Olympic stars Graham and Tina Fletcher, always attracts large audiences, as do the sheepdog demonstrations by Carole and Philip Mellin from The Dales television series.
Elsewhere, there will be ferret racing, birds of prey displays, a one man and his pig competition and archery.
Bill Cowling, show director, said: “It’s very much a day out for all the family and, over the years, we have added new elements. Certainly the horticultural feature attracts a significant crowd and is an important part of the show.”
This year, there’s the usual mix of flower and vegetable classes as well as an opportunity for youngsters to showcase produce grown within their school gardening clubs.
The fruit, vegetable and flower show is run by Knaresborough Horticultural Society as their autumn show.
“For the first time last year, we had our own marquee at Countryside Live, which proved a great success,” said organiser Mike Prest.
Tickets are available at the event or in advance (until October 11).
Advance prices: adults £8; children (5-18 years) £4; family (two adults and up to three children) £22. Gate prices: adults £10; children £5; family £28.
Parking is free. For full details and to buy tickets, see countrysidelive.co.uk.
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