Ryedale Show, recognised as one of the leading one-day agricultural shows in the country, is planning new improvements for this year’s event.
General Secretary Tom Watson told the annual meeting, held at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club, that a new computerised database had been set up thanks to a 100 per cent grant from the National Lottery which will enable a more efficient working system, and a new show plan is being made for the showfield at Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside.
New signs for surrounding roads and entrances have been made, and a second PA system was introduced for last year’s show to promote the livestock section, and educate visitors in the various breeds.
As a result of the show’s success last year, the meeting agreed to increase the donations to local charities from £4,000 to £9,700.
Mr Watson said that visitor facilities are being improved for this year’s show and a new website is being built to enable tickets to be bought online.
Trade stands are already being booked, said Mr Watson, after a number of businesses were unable to get space last year because of the demand.
He said that last year’s show had seen a record number of 1,680 entries in the horticultural and produce classes, and some 1,200 horses entered in 100 classes.
In addition, the dog and craft tent classes had been buoyant and the show boasted some of the country’s top cattle in the livestock classes.
“The show was as busy as ever, with a great atmosphere and fortunately the weather was in our favour,” he said.
All trade stands were taken and traders reported brisk business.
Officers elected for this year’s show are president, Chris Tetley of Brawby; chairman, John Simpson, of Fadmoor; and vice chairman, William Curtis Jnr of Keldholme.