Preparations are well underway for what promises to be one of the biggest and best Tockwith Agricultural Shows in August.
With six months to go entries are already coming in for more than eight hundred classes ranging from haybales to horses, cakes to classic cars and poetry to pigs.
When the event is held on Sunday August 6th more than one hundred and twenty trophies and over six thousand pounds in prize money will be handed out.
And before the main event comes one of the main fund-raising events of the year, the annual car boot sale which will be held on the showfield at Cattal Moor Road crossroads on Monday May 29th,
Show Committee Chair, Georgina Watson, says they are determined to build on what was a hugely successful show last year.
“We had a great attendance with more than eight and a half thousand visitors, something happening for everyone, and even glorious sunshine, but we plan this year’s show to be even better – providing the sun continues to shine.”
“It’s a really important event for the community because as well as being a fun day for everyone, it provides a valuable educational opportunity.
“Farming has faced many changes and challenges since this event was first held as a horticultural show way back in 1945, but each year since then the Show has been able to reflect the importance of the industry in this region.”
Newly appointed Show President Derek Walker whose company – Leading Solvents – is based at Marston Business Park in the village agrees:
“I’ve been connected with the Show one way or the other for many years and seen quite a few changes, but I’m glad to say it still retains a lot of the values that has made it such a successful and important community event,” he said.
For the second year running the main sponsor of the event will be Wetherby-based Discount Feeds which provides feeds and accessories for all types of animals ranging from wild birds to horses.
The Company owner Jo Sutton’s first experience of the show was when she competed in the pony class as a 12 year old girl.
“I remember how excited I was then and know just how important the show is to the thousands of people – both competitors and visitors – it has attracted each year,” she said.