Driffield Show offers a ‘must-do’ day out

Darlington and Stockton Times: Driffield Show offers a ‘must-do’ day out Driffield Show offers a ‘must-do’ day out

DRIFFIELD Show, in the East Riding, of Yorkshire, celebrates its 139th year in July.

With its winning formula of celebrating the traditional and embracing the future, Driffield Show (pictured above) has earned its place as a “must do” event for the farming community and families.

The show takes place on Wednesday, July 16.

Each year, the show organisers strive to ensure that the show improves upon its successes and are proud to be one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the country.

There will be a range of activities, displays, educational content and demonstrations designed to suit all ages.

The show continues to be popular with livestock exhibitors and attracts some of the area’s finest animals. This year, the livestock section will boast a new set of classes designed for Shorthorn cattle exhibitors.

As well as a cattle section, the livestock area will also have excellent examples of sheep, goats and pigs. There will be a return of the heavy horse classes, with a chance to view these gentle giants, with demonstrations showing them being decorated and groomed in preparation for the show ring.

Adjacent to the heavy horse stabling, visitors can also see farriers demonstrating their craft. A packed main ring timetable includes classes from local ridden ponies to showjumping.

Another crowd favourite, the dog show, will take place near to the countryside pursuits area.

The Driffield Agricultural Society is proud of its rural and agricultural heritage.

Craftsmen will be demonstrating such traditional skills as wood-turning, coraclemaking, rope-making, traditional basket-making, broom and rake making, together with demonstrations of forest skills with a local bodger.

The Wheat to Bread demonstration will once again take place throughout the day, as will the Barley to Beer demonstration and the Sheep Show. New this year is the introduction of the Potato to Chips and Sheep to Jumper demonstrations.

As well as celebrating its history, the society is keen to showcase new initiatives. This year, the renewables section will be being extended and relocated to signify its growing importance in agricultural and agriculturally-related industries.

There will be more than 450 tradestands, ranging from life style and fashion, to rural crafts and local produce in the food hall. The food theatre will feature demonstrations by some of the region’s finest cooks. The horticulture marquee exhibits vegetables and fruit, and is the home of the Honey Show and the Young Growers’ Challenge.

The main ring will also feature entertainment from The Kangaroo Kid on a quad bike, while the Beverley Building Society activity arena is the venue for Phil and the Ridgeside Lurchers, Park Rose Birds of Prey and the popular working dog demonstrations.

Advance tickets cost: adults, £13; senior citizens, £11; children, £5; family ticket (two adults/two children), £31. On the gate: adults, £16; senior citizens, £13; children, £6; family ticket (two adults/two children) £41. For details, call 01377-257494.

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