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 July 16, 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 that, as well as giving the public the opportunity to experience a traditional agricultural show, they also provide opportunities for people 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 they have 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 does.
The horticulture marquee will be home to 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 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.
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.