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Nidderdale Show puts last year behind it to be a roaring success
THE 118th Nidderdale show was one of the best yet as fair weather brought out the crowds and the competitors for the final agricultural event of the season.
Up to 20,000 people attended the event, held at Pateley Bridge, a huge improvement on last year when the show was swamped after appalling weather caused flooding on the field and rained off many classes.
President John Fort said it had been a “phenomenal show.”
“This is the best one day show in the North of England," he said. "Last year we suffered because of the weather. This is my first year as President and I promised it would be better, and luckily it has been.
"There has been such a resurgence of interest in agriculture and horticulture, it really is gratifying to see so many young people involved in the show and the classes.
“It really is a chance for the agricultural community and people from the towns to meet and get together before winter starts, it’s a very friendly show and this year has been the been the best anyone can remember for many years."
The youngest entrant was three-year-old Helena Horn, who carried off the Junior Shepherd/Shepherdess title with her Suffolk cross. Father, Graham Horn said: ”We have 30 ewes and she really loves helping to look after them.”
More than £23,000 was given out in prize money along with 190 trophies.
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