Tockwith Show proves popular attraction

Tockwith Show organisers celebrated the good weather which brought crowds flocking to the annual agricultural show.

After two years of rain soaked events, the sun shone and visitor numbers are expected to beat last year’s total of 10,000.

NAWN 1308041AM15 Tockwith Show. Lilly May Baxter (2)on her pony Sweety entered the fancy dress competition with help from mum Joanne and little brother J J (2).(1308041AM15)

NAWN 1308041AM15 Tockwith Show. Lilly May Baxter (2)on her pony Sweety entered the fancy dress competition with help from mum Joanne and little brother J J (2).(1308041AM15)

Chairman Lisa Chasney said: “Although we’re still waiting for final figures, visitor numbers were well up on last year and the fact that the weather stayed dry throughout and the ground was in good condition compared with last year’s soggy turf really helped to make it a fantastic family day.

“Entries were also up and we had almost 100 vintage tractors and cars as well as plenty of old and new stalls and events helping to make this year’s show an all round attraction.”

Main ring attractions included Carol Melin and her son Philip, who starred in two series of ITV’s The Dales, with their sheepdog and sheep sheering display and Kirkbourne Spaniels with their amusing dog scurry challenge.

Lisa added: “Carol Mellin and her sheepdog Jess were superb as our main ring attraction and she showed us how they use a dog on the farm - only using geese instead of sheep and rows of children as hurdles to drive the geese between.

“Great fun was had by all with lots of laughter as a couple of the geese took off and flew around the show ground.

“Darren Kirk of Kirkbourne Spaniels gave a display in the main ring again inviting members of the public and their dogs in to the ring to demonstrate their dog’s obedience.

“He ran a successful dog scurry through the day which was very popular.”

A wide range of trade stands and charity stalls around the extensive show ground proved popular attractions from Wetherby Lions’ flat cap throwing contest to archery and paint balling.

Musical entertainment outside of the ring was provided by Wetherby Silver Band.

“There were lots of events for children this year, with Riggmoor Reindeer bringing their mini farm with all sorts of farm animals to pet,” added Lisa.

“There were young handler competitions in the sheep, pig and dog rings as well as a hotly contested fancy dress class in the main arena.

“In the Farmer’s Market, Robert Ramsden of Delifresh Ltd gave a number of cookery demonstrations and children were able to join Andrew Wood to make and bake their own bread.

“In the Working Crafts marquees there were demonstrations throughout the day from the York and District Spinners and Weavers.”

An abundance of class entries brought an array of great examples, from stunningly turned out livestock to weird and wonderful Dr Who themed vegetables for the children’s classes.

Among the cup winners was Susan Storm of Newton Kyme with her unusual 1923 Citroen Cabriolet which had been converted by her father in the 1940s into a reaper, with the machine’s wheels, because he didn’t like horses and the horse drawn reapers.

“It has been standing for 30 years and we decided to start showing it and Tockwith was the first opportunity,” said Susan.

“We struck it up and it got going first time round after all that time idle.”

The popularity of the event, as a leading country show aimed at families, was proved as people continued to pour into the event in the afternoon despite the threatening storm clouds.

The last events of the day were the ever popular and well contested dog dash, followed by the auction of produce in aid of this year’s President, Mick Bell’s, charities.

Over £550 was raised towards Tockwith Parish Church and The Phyllis Harvey Horse and Donkey Trust.

Lisa added: “The rain clouds arrived at about 7pm, just as the last folk were leaving.

“Many thanks to our team of volunteers who helped stage such a successful day - and who gave up their Monday to clear the show field.”

Organisers said they are now planning a Tockwith Show food and flower festival to take place on Monday May 5 next year.

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