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Countryside Live opens its doors this weekend

A cracking Countryside Live is on the cards this weekend with a host of entertainment and attractions, as well as some of Britain’s finest animals competing for the top awards.

The rural showcase opens its doors at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate at 9am on Saturday 22 October and at the same time the following day when thousands of visitors are expected to attend. Last year 12,101 people came through the gates.

Looking forward to the event, Show Director Charles Mills commented: “Countryside Live gives a real snapshot of rural life, from our new tasting hub with a vast array of wonderful food and drink, to the hundreds of top class competition animals, to all the action packed activities.”

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace is the VIP guest and each day will be putting chefs in the new cookery theatre through their paces as they go head to head in exciting cook offs. And for real enthusiasts, a ticketed “Audience with Gregg Wallace” will take place twice daily.

At the heart of the event will be the showground’s new exhibition hall which includes the cookery theatre, as well as the tasting hub where beer and cheeses will be showcased.

There’s also the opportunity to chat to producers for a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into what is involved in getting from grain to glass. And visitors will be invited to pair the various beers and cheeses with their choices matched against those of the TV star. A hamper from Fodder, the showground’s award winning shop, will be the prize.

For the first time classes for alpacas have been included in the show, with more than 100 competing, and amongst them is exhibitor and Yorkshire Alpaca Group member Jacki Barlow, of Husthwaite, near Thirsk who is bringing six animals. She said: “Visitors are in for a treat. This is a new venue for us and I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing the alpacas and learning more about them,” she said.

Also new this year are classes for rabbits and the Apple Show with dozens of different varieties to try. The championships in the cattle, sheep and equine sections take centre stage on Sunday afternoon and there’s also the exciting Search for a Talented Showjumper competition judged by Olympians Graham and Tina Fletcher.

Last year saw Harrogate rider Tabitha Bentley take the honours after an exciting final!

Elsewhere there’s the fast and furious Flyball contest to watch, birds of prey displays, hundreds of stands to browse and buy from, farriery competitions including the World Team Championships with competitors from as far away as the USA and Denmark and much more.

Tickets are available on the gates and parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs are not allowed on the showground.

For the latest information see www.countrysidelive.co.uk

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 07903 326 170 or judyt@yas.co.uk

Editors’ Notes
The Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live, are organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society as part of its year round work supporting and promoting the farming and the countryside. Next year will be the 159th Great Yorkshire Show, and dates are Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 July.

Charles Mills (Country Side Live Show Director) and Jacki Barlow with some of the 100  Alpacas which are to be at the Harrogate Show ground for the Show.

Charles Mills (Country Side Live Show Director) and Jacki Barlow with some of the 100 Alpacas which are to be at the Harrogate Show ground for the Show.