Thousands due at Danby Show

Danby Show
Danby Show

Danby Show is gearing up for another action-packed event with thousands of people expected to turn out.

It’s the oldest agricultural show in the area and probably one of the oldest in the country, having started in 1848 and annually attracts around 6,000 people.

The grand day out takes place on Wednesday on the vicarage green in Danby and promises the usual displays and competitive classes, ranging from cattle and sheep to cavies, ferrets and vintage machinery.

The show opens to exhibitors at 8am and to the general public at 9am when the horse classes begin.

The main attraction this year are so good they’re performing twice.

Trailbikers UK will be performing stunts in a display at 1pm and towards the end of the day.

Always popular are the horse and pony classes with magnificent heavy horses, among them the Cleveland Bays, a breed used to pull the Queen’s coaches, hunters and a wealth of native breeds including dales ponies and miniature Shetlands.

Whitby Falconers will have an interesting selection of their birds of prey on show, where visitors can also have their picture taken with the birds.

Vintage tractors and farm machinery are also a regular attraction, showing the marked difference in bygone farming methods with those of the present day.

Sheep dog trials are a regular and popular feature displaying the skills of dogs and their handlers – though there are times when the dogs are not as biddable as they ought to be.

The organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather.

The show was started by Canon Atkinson in 1848 and the only time it had to be cancelled was during the war years and in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

Canon Atkinson was the well-known author of Forty Years in a Moorland parish and the show at first was only for horses and cows.

It started behind the Downe Arms Inn in Castleton and in the 1870s was combined with Castleton’s annual cheese fair.

It was moved to its present site on the vicarage field in Danby in 1953.