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Entries up and crowds out for 99th Wensleydale Show
ALTHOUGH rain clouds threatened to pour, the crowds turned out and stayed dry for most of the day at the 99th Wensleydale Show.
Record numbers of sheep entries were recorded, and judges said they had tough decisions to make across all livestock entries because of the high quality animals that were on display.
And Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity was among both showmen and judges as he showed his fat lambs as well as assessing the Wensleydale sheep category.
“There were some great sheep on show so it was a difficult decision.
“I didn’t do so well with the sheep but I got a first for my hay bale in the produce tent – and my daughter Lily will be presenting the Helen Verity Memorial Trophy for best Victoria Sponge, in memory of my wife who was an avid baker and cook.”
Show president Julie Clarke said it was a fitting tribute to Mrs Verity, and added that about 25 people had entered the category so it was a great achievement for the winner.
She said: “The weather held out for us – it was definitely a concern for me this morning when we had a bit of rain but it has come out nice this afternoon.
“There have been some terrific quality entries this year – it has been a wonderful event to be part of.”
Joan Ford, chief sheep steward, said: “We have had record numbers this year – it is great to see and it is a wonderful feeling. There is great enthusiasm all around the show, I think after last year’s waterlogged year everyone has tried their best to make the best of this year’s show.
“Everyone is so proud of it and it has been a wonderful day.”
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