Ryedale Show: International interest for milestone year

Action in the cattle rings from last year's Ryedale Show.  Picture: Simon Hulme.
Action in the cattle rings from last year's Ryedale Show. Picture: Simon Hulme.
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It is a spectacle where local farmers compete with their animals for prized trophies, but it has attracted an international following in its 150th year.

When Ryedale Show takes place tomorrow in Kirkbymoorside it will not only feature the best of the area’s livestock and rural crafts but will see visitors from the other side of the world pass through the showfield gates.

Added excitement around an appearance at this year’s show by the Duchess of Kent, who was born and grew up at nearby Hovingham Hall, means show organisers expect a strong turnout.

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Speaking on the eve of the show, Christine Thompson, the show’s secretary, said the online ticket sales process had thrown up a few surprises which demonstrated just how far and wide people are prepared to travel to enjoy the annual event.

“Among the online ticket requests has been one from a lady in Tokyo who is in Ryedale on holiday and we have a couple who are expats in Australia who have requested tickets too,” Mrs Thompson said.

“We have been getting interest from all over the country.

“We realised after last year when the wet weather meant the gate was down just how many visitors we usually get so we have put a bit of money into promoting the show in caravan and holiday parks this year and we have sent more tickets to hotels, ready for people to collect when they arrive, than ever before.”

In a typical year around 15,000 visitors attend the show in Welburn Park.

As well as the Duchess’ visit for the show’s milestone year, the organising committee has dusted down one of the event’s oldest trophies so that it can be presented for the first time in years.

The Coronation Cup will be awarded to the ‘Champion of Champions’ from the show’s champion agricultural horse, dairy cow, beef animal and sheep.

There will also be a competition to encourage people to submit their photographs of show day. The entrants of the 10 best images will win tickets for next year’s show.

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