VIDEO: Stars at Great Yorkshire Show

Star actors Tom Lister and Dean Andrews lit up the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show.

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The Great Yorkshire Show Day 1..Crowds on day 1 of the show....9th July 2013.

The Great Yorkshire Show Day 1..Crowds on day 1 of the show....9th July 2013.

Highlights include a mock battle staged by The Yorkshire Regiment each day in the Main Ring and there will be displays by The White Helmets, The Royal Signals’ Motor Cycle Display Team.

Top class show jumping will again be on the agenda, with the prestigious Ripon Select Foods Cock o’the North Trophy as the culmination of the three days of the show.

Star guest on Thursday is to be one of the most famous racehorses in the world - Auroras Encore - who won the Grand National earlier this year and whose owner, former showjumper Harvey Smith has twice taken the Cock o’ the North trophy.

There will be demonstrations from celebrity cook Rosemary Shrager, Michelin-starred chefs and local businesses.

And as ‘shop-window’ for the farming industry, there will be hundreds of food and drink stalls in the purpose-built food hall.

A further 1,200 stands will sell everything from combine harvesters to designer clothes and demonstrations of country skills.

But for director Bill Cowling, who himself comes from a traditional farming background, the highlight will be the livestock competitions with around 5,000 animals competing for the championship prizes.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve got the best in England,” he said. “It’s a tremendous occasion. “Make sure you get here early. There’s so much going on it’s almost impossible to fit it all in.”

Tickets can be bought on the gate at £24 for adults, £11 for children, £23 for concessions and £62 for a family. Parking is free and extensive, and free buses are running from Harrogate Railway Station.

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