Gearing up for biggest ever Tockwith Show

Promoting Tockwith Show editorial for Saturday Aug 6th
Promoting Tockwith Show editorial for Saturday Aug 6th

THE annual Tockwith show – known to many as the ‘little show with the big reputation’ looks likely to smash its previous record attendance numbers this weekend.

The organisers of one of North Yorkshire’s biggest village shows have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s event bigger and better.

The show, which has been going since 1945, normally attracts around 10,000 visitors to its dedicated showground on the outskirts of the village, and hopes are high for a record crowd at this year’s event on Saturday.

A team of more than 40 volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything is ready.

Features of this year’s event include a live horseshoeing contest judged by former national champion farrier David Smith and featuring two members of the England apprentice team.

As well as the traditional show categories for horses, sheep, pigs and poultry there will be pet classes and children’s competitions, including fancy dress.

Chairman of the show, Sam Blacker said: “The show has become famous for its large farmers’ market which features some of the best produce from around the region and this year we’ve got more stalls than ever before.

“We are committed to keeping costs as low as possible for families and make sure food and drink sold at the show is reasonably priced.

“The show brings everyone together as a community and helps to educate people in the traditions of farming and the countryside.

“It’s hard work for everyone involved but the buzz we get on show day when we see the crowds lining up makes it all worth it.

“David Cameron might think the Big Society is a new thing but we’ve been doing it in Tockwith for years.”

A new feature of this year’s show will be the use of the latest GPS technology to help take the strain off volunteers in the run up to this year’s event.

The show committee has teamed up with local technology firm Precision Decisions to help map out the showground.

“We usually have a team of six on the showground all day every day during that final week and any helpers who aren’t self-employed book a week off work,” says Sam, adding that those who can’t take time off are down at the field every day after work.

“Using GPS to map and mark out the field will be a massive boost, particularly when we are under severe time restraints and relying on the good will of so many people.”

Local firm Daleside Breweries, based in Starbeck, will be running this year’s bar, he added.

Full programme details, online ticket booking and information about show membership are available at www.tockwithshow.org.uk.

The event takes place on Saturday between 9am and 5pm off Cattal Moor Lane, between Tockwith and Cattal, Entry for adults is £7.50, children under 16s free.

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