THE call has gone out for Craven farmers with a hankering to switch tractors for the catwalk to put themselves forward for 'Farm to Fashion Shows' - but hurry, entries close in a week's time. 

Part of July's Great Yorkshire Show and following last year's success when 'rookie' models were used alongside professionals to model country clothing, show organisers have put out an appeal for famers and agricultural workers to step forward.

Luke Johnson, an agricultural and forestry contractor, heading back to the catwalk this year, said: "Being in the shows last year was brilliant; I absolutely loved it and would encourage anyone to give it a try. Bernadette, the fashion show coordinator, is a great teacher and, along with the professional models, she was so encouraging that it soon became fun.

“When we all first met I was a bit apprehensive, but that soon went and we became a tight group. Yes we worked hard learning what we needed to do, but we had a laugh too. Then when it came to the show days, the buzz we got from the crowds all clapping and cheering was like nothing else. What I’d say to anyone thinking of entering the competition is: “just do it… you’ll enjoy it and who knows where it could lead! I’ve even had some modelling work from it.”

Clarke Doughney, an apprentice engineer, also back this year, added: "I decided to try my luck and enter because it was something completely different and totally out of my comfort zone. I thought: ‘where else would I ever get the opportunity to do this again, and at such a huge prestigious event’.

“It still surprises me how much I got from the whole experience, including meeting people I’d never have come across as well as working alongside television stars such as Peter Wright The Yorkshire Vet, who was great. So I’d say to anyone thinking of entering: ‘have a go, you won’t regret it!’

The shows will feature collections from a wide range of both national and regional designers, including a selection of brand partners from British Wool. This will highlight the important role of UK sheep farmers as the starting point for some of the most stylish and environmentally friendly garments seen on catwalks anywhere.

Fashion shows will take place twice a day at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, which takes place from July 9 to July 12; alongside all the other attractions. Applications to be a model, close at 10am on Friday, April 19. Apply at:

Tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show are available now. Adults £35, children £13 and families £86. Go to: