OVERCAST conditions might not seem the perfect weather, but according to the man in charge of the Great Yorkshire Show it's ideal.

“We don’t particularly want to see the sun,” said Director Charles Mills on the first day of the 160th show.

Over the next three days 130,000 people are expected to pour through the gates at the Harrogate showground.

It’s where town and country meet and has become the leading showcase for food and farming in the north.

More than 8,500 animals are competing for the all important rosettes and cups, with sheep, cattle and horse classes overwhelmed and a record three national beef championships held at the showground.

Mr Mills added: “160 is just a number. We think every year is special but the anniversary does add to the event in many ways that we have progressed to where we are.

"What we are most concerned about is that people come and enjoy themselves and see what is on offer."

He said this year's weather was a major challenge for the show and for farmers and breeders, first with the Beast from the East and freezing weather well into spring, and then the sweltering soaring temperatures of June which have dried everything up.

Mr Mills said: “We have had to bring in a lot of water and the fact that it has cooled down and is set to stay cool for the next three days is a bonus.

"It helps not only the visitors but the animals as well who need to be in peek condition so they can be shown at their best.”

It’s not all about the competition, it’s about entertaining as well with Countryfile’s Anita Rani and Head Chef Harrison Barracough showing off their cooking skills throughout the day.

Singer Lizzie Jones is the first person to sing in the main ring with the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.

Countryfile presenter Rani is also on the catwalk with other models showing off some of the best local designs and fabrics.

The show is also having it’s first ever wedding with farmers Liz Bailey and Chris Moorhouse, from Huddersfield, tying the knot and celebrating with their families.

The three day event, on July 10,11 and 12, is at the Yorkshire Agricultural showground in Harrogate.

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