Education at heart of show
In 1854 when the Driffield Agricultural Society held the first Driffield Show, their main purpose for doing so was to educate as well as provide a meeting place for the local community.
Now celebrating its 139th Show the Society still places education at the centre of its activities.
On Wednesday, 16 July education will once again play an important part in the Show and as well as the crowd pleasing, Wheat to Bread demonstrations that always attracts a hoard of volunteers to help with the bread making, the Show will also boast a Barley to Beer and Sheep to Jumper demonstrations.
The Society is always keen to ensure as well as giving the general public the opportunity to experience a traditional agricultural show they also provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to learn something more about the agricultural and agricultural related industries. Show organisers are constantly looking at ways to increase the educational content of the Show and with this in mind they have also introduced a new competition for the machinery dealer who produces the best information board aimed at explaining to children what the machinery featured on the their stand actually does.
The Horticulture marque will be home once again for the Honey Show. As well as encouraging Beekeepers to prepare and display honey and wax to the very highest standards the Show will also give non Beekeepers the opportunity to see the different types of honey and products of the hive at their best and to learn of the great value of honey as a food and the honeybee as a pollinator. In years gone by every local honey association would have had an annual honey show and the Driffield Show organisers are hoping that the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association organised Honey Show will once again encourage this tradition and ensure that the skills of the Beekeepers are carried on. All the classes at the Show are open to any Beekeeper for wax and honey as the products musts have come from the Beekeeper’s Bees, but the confectionary classes can be entered by anyone who is interested as any honey may be used.
The rural craft demonstration area which has been included in the Show for a number of years now will provide visitors with demonstration of traditional crafts throughout the day and some of them will also provide hands on opportunities. Show visitors will have the opportunity to see a coracle maker, a chair maker, a traditional hurdle maker and a straw dolly maker all showcasing their crafts.
Due to its popularity last year the Heavy Horse section will include a demonstration area which will allow visitors to see the gentle giants of the farm at close range and watch them being prepared for the Show ring. Adjacent to the Heavy Horses will be the farriers demonstrating their craft which, apart from within this show situation, people rarely get the chance to see.
ERYC Waste and Recycling Officers will also be on site all day to discuss any recycling issues that visitors may have. Representatives from the Local Food Network will be available within the Food Theatre giving visitors the opportunity to talk to local producers as well as see local chefs cook local produce.
Committee members from the Driffield Agricultural Society will also be available to speak to visitors regarding the work of the Society and to learn about the other educational projects that the Society are involved with throughout the year.
And of course, it would not be the Driffield Show without the excellent livestock section that the Show always attracts – there can be very few greater opportunities for people from all sectors of the community to see, at such close proximity, such fine examples as well as the opportunity to speak to livestock breeders.
David Tite said ‘the Society hopes that everyone that visits the Show will leave having learnt something new, it is so important that our children grow up knowing where their food originates from as well as having a really good day with us’.
Discounted advance tickets are now available to purchase from Driffield Town Council Offices, Dee, Atkinson & Harrison, Exchange Street from www.driffieldshow.co.uk or by ringing the Show office on 01377 257494.