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Routemaster bus ferries visitors to 99th Wensleydale Show
A CLASSIC London Routemaster bus will ferry visitors to and from an annual celebration of rural life this weekend.
The 99th Wensleydale Agricultural Show will take place in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on Saturday.
More than 3,000 entries have been received this year with at least 100 trophies up for grabs.
The London double-decker bus will meet visitors arriving in the town by rail or coach and take them to the showground, calling at the town centre en-route.
Show president Julie Clarke said: “We thought the bus would be nice for anyone wanting to come by train or bus to the show.
“They can have a look round Leyburn first.”
This year’s main ring display features Carol and Philip Mellin, two stars from the ITV series, The Dales.
The mother and son duo, who run a farm at Oakworth, near Keighley, will be performing their acclaimed sheepdog display.
Entries to the cattle, sheep, pony and heavy horse classes have been excellent, with horticultural, handicraft, and home craft sections also well supported.
Judging the Wensleydale sheep class will be Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.
Poultry was reintroduced three years ago after an absence of nearly 50 years and has proved a big hit.
Other attractions will include sheepdog trails, walking sticks and a quoits competition.
Undercover and unaffected in the event of poor weather will be the Food from Farming marquee.
With the number of food sellers at the show continuing to rise, this new area is seen as a focal point for visitors.
An on-the-day dog show will be held with six classes being judged, including best biscuit catcher and best six legs.
Vintage tractors, cars and steam traction engines will be on display during day and will take part in a grand procession through the main ring at 1.30pm.
For children, there will be fairground attractions and a fancy dress completion.
Show chairman David Ford said: “We always work hard to ensure the show retains its traditional aspect and yet is still fresh with new classes or attractions.”
The show takes place from 10am on Saturday, August 24.
The showground is well signposted from the town and has free parking.
For more information, visit wensleydaleshow.org.uk
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