Show is a traditional Yorkshire Dales agricultural show held every
year for one day at the end of August in the picturesque surroundings
of Swaledale. It boasts a great selection of trade and entertainment
stands for all the family, from candyfloss and bouncy castles
to tractors and a licensed bar. The show gets underway when Reeth
Brass Band parade through the village, headed by the Show Committee
and Judges, to finish in the showground where the band entertain
the crowds for the day.
show's largest marquee contains the hugely well attended horticulture
and produce classes as well as walking sticks, handicrafts, handwriting,
paintings and photography competitions. Other marquees hold the
popular poultry classes and an array of gifts and craft stalls.
Around the show field trade stands from the Dales and around the
county offer plenty of opportunity for purchasing something original
from rural crafts to excellent food.
main show ring hosts large numbers of the customary horse and
pony classes throughout the day including the more colourful categories
of Open Driving Competition and Mounted Fancy Dress. Every year
this main show ring also hosts a special feature. Elsewhere in
the show field the sheep section showcases the best quality sheep
breeds in the Dale, next to which there is a display of vintage
tractors competing for best in show and during the day open quoits
and dry stone walling competitions take place.
of the main events of the day is the fell racing competition.
The race traditionally goes up Fremington Edge overlooking the
show field. The competitors are part of the British Open Fell
Runners Association with races for all classes. Each year a prize
is offered for breaking the course record. (www.reeth.org/reeth_show.htm)