The Driffield Agricultural Society will be celebrating its 136th Driffield Show on Wednesday, July 20 – and will be bursting with improvements and new attractions.
The Driffield Show has established itself over the years as the highlight of the countryside calendar and boasts an average footfall of more than 28,000 visitors throughout the course of the day.
Every year, the Society looks to improve the content and quality of the Driffield Show to ensure it retains the prestigious reputation that it currently enjoys.
The introduction of a Countryside Pursuits Area together with wildlife pond is bound to prove a popular area as throughout the day visitors to the Show will be able to watch fly fishing and gun dog demonstrations and for those wanting a more hands on experience there will be the opportunity to take part in pond dipping workshops being run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
The Horticulture marquee will also be relocating to this area of the Showfield in order to expand in size to allow the society to host the National Sweetpea Society National Late Show.
Driffield Show director David Tite said: “Even to the less green fingered of us this is a spectacular sight and one to make sure you do not miss.”
Interest in trade space within the Fencing, Forestry and Renewables Area has proven to be exceptional this year and this area will again incorporate several demonstration areas offering the opportunity for visitors to see some of the big forestry equipment such as the wood mizer and tree chipper in action together with the chain saw sculptor.
This section will also be home to the third Landscape and Fencing News sponsored National Fencing Competition.
Mr Tite said: “This competition continues to go from strength to strength and the Society is delighted to have Simone and her team at Fencing News on board coordinating the event which creates a huge level of interest.”
The relocation of the Livestock Area in 2009 has made a vast improvement to the Show, enabling better viewing of the high calibre of livestock that is attracted to exhibit at the Show, and the extensive improvements to vehicle access to and from the Showground has also made loading and unloading of stock both quicker and safer.
The Driffield Show always attracts an excellent number of high quality Livestock exhibitors and this year the introduction of new pony and driving classes is bound to ensure an even wider appealing variety for main ring spectators.
Sited close to the Livestock Section this year will be The Sheep Show. The Sheep Show is a fun and educational live show of sheep breeds and shearing. It is seen at numerous outdoor events throughout the year from the North of Scotland to Cornwall and even Northern Ireland and is fun for all ages. It is highly entertaining but educational and is set on the back of a 40’ stage trailer where the sheep are introduced on to the stage.
“It’s a bit like Miss World in sheep”, says New Zealander Richard Savory who owns and operates the show from their farm in Norfolk.
The sheep, with names like Nobby the Norfolk horn and Susie the Southdown are clapped onto the stage where they stand on their podiums for the 30 minute show,there is then a well commentated shearing demonstration showing how you get wool from the sheep’s back to a jumper. And don’t miss The Sheep Show shuffle”. Yes, dancing sheep.
The main ring attraction this year will take the form of the JC Balls Dancing Diggers Display Team. The Digger Dance is an exciting team driven entertainment show exhibiting the flexibility and talent of JCB drivers.
The Digger Dance team follow a precisely choreographed routine to music, containing several daring manoeuvres including balancing the machines on their sides.
The team consists of five members who have been together since 2004 and have worked exceptionally hard to ensure their routine is spectacular and visitors are left enthralled by their astounding acrobatic mechanical feats.
Not to be upstaged, the Activity Arena will also have a packed timetable throughout the day.
Back by popular demand will be Cyril the Squirrel and his racing terriers. Cyril the Squirrel and his racing terriers has established itself as one of the leading terrier racing display teams in the country today.
These great little dogs will have people in fits of laughter with their crazy antics.
They race on the flat and over their purpose-built jumps, sometimes ridden by great little jockeys.
Members of the audience are encouraged to take part with their own dogs too. Even children have a chance to participate and can race against one of these little terriers.
l Driffield Show continues to be fantastic value for money with advance tickets now being available to purchase at the discounted rate of £10 for adults, £8 for senior citizens, £4 for children plus in an attempt to keep prices for families down to an absolute minimum a family ticket can be purchased in advance for only £24. In addition all car parking will remain free
Tickets are available from recption at the Driffield Post office on Mill Street and from the offices of the Scarborough Evening News, Pocklington Post, Bridlington Free Press and Malton and Pickering Mercury.
For more information on the Driffield Show go to www.driffieldshow.co.uk or ring 01377 257494/email firstname.lastname@example.org