Agricultural show is all good to go

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ORGANISERS of Danby Show are hoping that it will be business as usual once again for the region’s oldest agricultural show.

However, show secretary Jo Hopkins said that this year there will be a greater emphasis on the show’s younger visitors.

The show is expected to attract around 6,000 visitors and Mrs Hopkins added: “It’s the 152nd show and we’re keeping it just a normal Danby show, although we decided this year we would have much more for children.”

As a result, the event will see performances of Punch and Judy, while among the sheep classes a new category has been added, that of pet lambs with child handlers.

All the children in the pet lamb class who are not winners will be given fifty pence and a rosette.

Other new attractions this year will include a display of classic motorcycles, as well as the familiar vintage and classic cars and vintage machinery.

Other attractions include Whitby Falconers who will show off their birds and spectators will be able to have their photographs taken with them.

There will be demonstrations of his skill by a local woodcarver and there will also be demonstrations of sheep shearing.

Dog classes include one for companion dogs as well as for the one with the nicest eyes and for rescue dogs with the best story of how they were rescued. There will also be the always popular sheep dog trials.

There is an extensive range of cattle classes including one for Highland Cattle which should prove a special attraction.

The horse classes are always popular and will include those for Cleveland Bays, Arabs, hunters as well as showing jumping and pony sports.

New this year and billed as a main attraction will be displays by Trailbikers UK who will appear twice.

The usual classes will include those for pigeons, rabbits and cavies, handicrafts, produce and horticulture.

Show president is now renowned photographer Joe Cornish who will also judge the classes in the photography section.

Music will be by the Simply Brass band and the show will take place on 15 August on Danby Show Field and will open to the public at 9am. There is free parking and entry is adults £5, concessions £3, children aged five to 16 £2, under-fives free.