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15,000 help make it a ‘brilliant’ Kilnsey Show
4:12pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
Craven’s largest agricultural show welcomed a bumper gate this year thanks, most certainly, to the glorious weather.
An estimated crowd of 15,000 packed into the scenic grounds of Kilnsey Show which were full of trade stands, music and activities, creating a carnival atmosphere.
The show, with its traditional emphasis on livestock, had something for everyone whether their roots were in the town or the country.
All the stands enjoyed good sales and visitors wanting to watch live demonstrations from cookery to sheep shearing and gun dog scurrying had to scramble to get a good view.
Show chairman Robert Lambert, who has been at the helm of the Kilnsey show ship since 2003, said he could not have been happier with the day.
“It’s been a brilliant day,” he said. “We have been waiting for a show like this for a long time. We couldn’t have wished for anything better.
“All entries seem to be up on previous years, apart from the sheep which are a bit down – possibly because Reeth Show has moved its date. However, the standards are as high as ever. Some of the judges have told me that there are better exhibits here than there were at the Great Yorkshire Show.
“The weather has made a difference too. There must have been upwards of 15,000 people here today.”
Show president Malcolm Dibb, of Old Northcote Farm, Kilnsey, was officiating for a second year with his wife, Hilda, and said there was nothing better than to see so many people enjoying themselves.
“Those who organise the show have done a marvellous job and I’m thrilled that it has been such a success for them. It’s always a relief when the sun shines and crowds of people arrive,” he said.
One particular crowd-puller was the Circus of Food Cookery Theatre where chefs, including former Tosside farmer’s daughter Stephanie Moon, who is head chef at Rudding Park and a regular contestant on the BBC’s Great British Menu, created dishes from locally- sourced produce.
Bruce had the added pressure of preparing himself for the crag race once his cookery demonstration had finished.
The only mishap of the day was when a young rider fell from her mount and was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary for a check-up.
The main arena was the focus of attention for much of the day where visitors watched the riding classes and birds of prey demonstration. It was also the venue for the grand parade and the starting point for the eagerly awaited crag races.
Elsewhere, hot food and ice-cream stands did a roaring trade and several stands selling locally-sourced produce virtually sold out.
The quietest stands, not surprisingly, were those selling waterproof jackets and wellingtons.
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