It is the Show season here in North Yorkshire. Over the next two or three weeks each area will hold its own Show - all will be hoping for fine, dry weather - these fields can get so wet underfoot that visitors can be wading through mud by the end of the day otherwise. And - worse still - tractors will be needed to pull the cars out of the car park on to the road. But today - The Wensleydale Show (our local show, within walking distance of the farm) was held on a fine, chilly, blustery day. It usually attracts a crowd of around twenty thousand and I guess that is about how many would be there today. The local silver band were playing jolly tunes, various activites were taking place in "the ring" - heavy horses, trotting carriages, local fox hounds, vintage vehicles, a sheep dog troupe. The produce tents were buzzing with activity
Around the edges of the field livestock classes were being judged, rosettes given out, the supreme champion crowned - all the cattle and sheep had been shampooed and set so to speak - they looked lovely, their coats were shining, they even smelled lovely too.
The feed merchants all have stands and it is the tradition that each farmer is given lunch by his feed merchant - so we had delicious sandwiches of roast beef and a big slice of Yorkshire Parkin to sustain us.
I hope you enjoy the photographs I took - sit back and look at them and enjoy the show!
In the group class the theme was PICNIC and the most delightful entry - which won first prize - made me think of Raph of Raph's Ramblings (I know he loves Wind in the Willows) Ratty, Mole and Badger were there as were tiny tea cups, tiny cakes and tiny slabs of chees - Raph you would have loved it.
#Photos from the top left to right: Winning group entry PICNIC (wind in the willows); the winning fruit pie; vintage vehicles arriving; Holstein Supremem Champion; Jacob Ram; Prize winning dahlias; Showground by the sheep pens on a lovely day.