Sunny and breezy Kilnsey Show bring smiles to visitors

Kilnsey Show- Rex Geldard judges show prize winning Leeks. (9691629)

Kilnsey Show- Young Farmers race in the cycle race. (9692781)

Kilnsey Show- John Whittaker judges the Heavy Horses. (9692121)

Kilnsey Show- Interbreed champions line up for judging. (9692921)

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KILNSEY Show provided another entertaining day out for thousands of visitors on Tuesday.

After rain fell throughout the night, the paths were wet and muddy to begin with, but as the sun came out and winds picked up the show field dried out and visitor numbers increased.

"The weather has been so good to us," said Robert Lambert, chairman of Kilnsey Show for the past 13 years. "It's been filling up all day. It's a good crowd and everybody's enjoyed themselves."

President Donald Sutherland added: "It's been a wonderful day. It dried up under foot, it's not too hot and the breeze is just right."

He said the standard of entries for horses, cattle and sheep were outstanding, as Charles Marwood, of Easingwold, and Daniel Rice, of Carlton near Yeadon, took the top prizes in the sheep and cattle sections, respectively.

The fell race, harness racing were among the other crowd pleasers, as was a new NFU sponsored show featuring dancing sheep that drew smiles from onlookers.

Julie Bairstow, of Sutton-in-Craven, took her nephew, Sam Leech, to his first country show.

"Kilnsey, unlike the Great Yorkshire Show, is quite small so you can get close up," said Julie, who watched Shire horse judging and the sheep dog trials with Sam.

Laurence and Elizabeth Sowden, of Kettlewell, have been coming to Kilnsey Show for a number of years.

Laurence said: "It's a joy to be here and support such a wonderful local event. You can wander around and meet people you haven't seen in a long time."

Elizabeth, who was pleased to receive a third prize for her blackcurrant jam entry, said: "It's fabulous show that's very important to the Dales."

"It's such a beautiful setting," added Lynda Long, of Leeds. "I love agricultural shows."

Mr Sunderland, a mainstay in luncheon tent at Kilnsey since 1987, was honoured to be chosen as president.

"I'm just one of a keen and very generous team," he said. "An amazing amount of work goes into this show and without all of this voluntary help, it would fall to bits."

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