Show pulled in second-biggest crowd ever

The 140th Driffield Agricultural Show. - The White Helmets.
The 140th Driffield Agricultural Show. - The White Helmets.

Organisers of this year’s Driffield Show say it attracted the second-biggest crowd in its 140-year history, with around 3,500 more visitors than last year.

The official total number of visitors was 27,200 at the annual show, and it’s estimated that a further 10 per cent of visitors were children under five who aren’t included in the official figures.

Organisers say the increase was due partly to the show being held in the school holidays, however this year’s figure doesn’t match the highest ever attendance which was more than 31,000 in 2009, also when the show was in the school holidays.

Show director David Tite said work had already started in preparation for next year’s show. He said: “It’s about reviewing and looking at things so we can change, adjust and make it better for next year.”

Despite a drop of light rain crowds were undeterred in enjoying the fun.

Visitors to the show had plenty to see and admire as they wandered around the showground.

As well as the equestrian events in the main ring they were able to watch the record-holding Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team show off their skills.

Later in the day there was the grand parade featuring prize winners and the presentation of awards.Judges were busy judging the cattle, sheep and pig entries and the livestock holding area proved popular with visitors.

As well as the usual agricultural machinery commercial stands, others included a variety of charities and organisations.

Children were able to enjoy rock climbing, a bouncy castle and other forms of entertainment while sheep shearing attracted large crowds.

The RAF Red Arrows flight simulator was also a draw.

The handicraft marquee was temporarily shut for a short while in the morning as the judges were busy inspecting 3,000 items before awarding prizes and certificates.

Another popular venue was the Made in Yorkshire marquee housing art and photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wood and metal work.

The Driffield Agricultural Society also announced a fund-raising raffle for Macmillan Cancer Support – described as the society’s major charity effort this year.

Another popular venue was the Wheat to Bread demonstrations by representatives of FB Bradshaw and Sons Ltd – family millers since 1894.

Other activities included a birds of prey show and little nippers terrier and lurching racing plus a companion dog show in aid of Canine Partners and Hearing Dogs. The Local Food Hall and the nearby food zone provided up to 37 different stalls with plenty of local produce.

For show results and more see pages 31 to 42.