It’s Show time!

PREPARATIONS are underway for a country show that is scheduled to hold it’s annual event for 113th time.

The Bishop Wilton Show has been a permanent fixture on the Wolds summer calendar since 1897.

It has been held every year, apart from in extenuating circumstances, which in recent years included the foot and mouth outbreak and the flooding in 2007 when the event fields were left waterlogged.

But, since then, the show has continued to receive support from the locals, businesses and revellers, who turn out in their thousands for the traditional country festival.

Show committee member Andrew Hall said: “It’s going pretty well this year, there’s not a huge committee but they’re all hard workers and we divide it all up into different jobs.

“It works pretty well, although extra help is always welcome!

“We usually get a good turnout of people because there’s a good variety of things to see. It’s been going a long time.”

The show is organised entirely by a committee of 27 dedicated locals, who have spent much of the year gearing towards the big day.

They are now putting the final touches to a huge list of attractions, including over 300 judged classes.

The day will include show horses, show jumping, a falconry display, terrier dog racing, dog classes, Morris dancers, vintage tractors and engines, the Driffield Silver Band, a tug o’ war, the horticultural tent and plenty of food and drink, including real ale

For children there is the pets corner, games and sports and a magician.

The Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon race, a staple in the annual programme, will once again be run on the morning of the show.

Organised for Saturday 16 July, Bishop Wilton Show is sandwiched between the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Driffield Show which, between them, pull in tens of thousands of visitors.

However, thousands of revellers are still expected to pass through the gates of the fields of Wilton Lodge Farms, which Mr Hall says is a sign that people still enjoy traditional country shows.

“There used to be a lot more country shows but it’s a shame that there are a lot fewer these days,” he said.

“It comes down to the sheer amount of work involved, they are a big responsibility.

“At one time there were so many you couldn’t put a pin between them. Hopefully ours will go on a long time yet.”

And he says that the floods of 2007 did nothing to dampen the spirit of visitors either.

“We noticed the year it was cancelled people were particularly supportive and that continues. We still continue to get great support from business even though it’s a particularly tough time and that is appreciated.”

Tickets for the show are £6 with free car parking in an adjacent field, with children aged between 3 to 16 paying £2. Advance membership is £7 adult, children free.

For further details or to download a timetable log onto www.bishopwiltonshow.co.uk