The 2011 Nidderdale Show proved an outstanding success certainly being one many people will be talking about for weeks to come, especially as it will be televised in Oct/Nov on Channel 4 as part of Kirsty Allsop’s Handmade Britain series.
Kirsty and the team from Channel 4 have been busy filming for the last couple of weeks prior to the show getting specialists local to the area to guide her with her entries for the Nidderdale Show produce competitions.
The Nidderdale Agricultural Society was also pleased to welcome this years special guest Dorothy Fairburn MBE, regional Director of the Yorkshire division of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). Dorothy unveiled a new sculpture that had been commission for this years show, carved by local artist Rose Badger, from a 90ft Oak tree that formerly stood on the show ground until earlier this year when it had to be felled due to disease. The tree has been carved in to a beautiful new seating area, taking the form of a cow, sheep and pig.
Dorothy said of her day at the show ‘I loved my day at Nidderdale Show! It is a tremendous showcase for Dales farming, with great classes of cattle and sheep. And the competition in the produce and WI sections was pretty fierce too! It was wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying themselves at this very traditional agricultural show. The organisers – all volunteers – should feel very proud that their efforts were so successful.’
Kirsty Allsop also took a great interest in the pig section learning the ropes from award winning Young Farmer Sarah Whitley. Sarah aged 14 from Summerbridge is no novice when it comes to showing pigs, born and raised on a pig, sheep and dairy farm in Nidderdale, Sarah has followed in both her grandfather and fathers footsteps and has been showing pigs for the last 4 years racking up a whole series of awards including 10 awards for British Saddleback and Gloucestershire Old Spot’s at this years Yorkshire Show, Young Handlers award at Staffordshire Show, Best Gloucester Old Spot Sow in the East of England Show and for the fourth year running Sarah won all three awards at Nidderdale Show Pig section for Best in Show, Best Local Pig and Most Points in Show.
Sarah was delighted to be asked to give Kirsty an insight into the pig showing world, running through how to handle pigs and piglets, explaining what a judge is looking for and showing Kirsty how to walk pigs using a board and stick showing. Sarah said, I think Kirsty really enjoyed the pig showing, she wanted to have a go and try everything, I think she did really well. Chief Steward Keith Hardcastle said it was great to have Kirsty’s involvement she created a lot of interest with the general public drawing big crowds to the pig section.
The ATV Manoeuvrability was a huge success seeing the winners from the last 10 years compete in a champion of champions competition, with a much more challenging and technical course than in previous years, which included driving over huge tractor tyres, balancing on a see saw, jumping over the back of an open trailer and reversing up ramps to the finishing point. The competition was won by local lad Paul Middlemiss, but perhaps the most impressive part of the entire display was seeing Kirsty Allsop taking part, not to be out done by the boys Kirsty proved that she is game for anything by donning a crash helmet, jumping on a quad bike (even though wearing a dress!) and completing the course only slightly slower than the boys! Receiving the biggest round of applause!!
When asked about her day Kirsty said ‘We had an absolutely brilliant time at the Nidderdale Show. It was one of the loveliest shows we visited this summer. So many things to see and do – the pig walking with Sarah and her family was fantastic fun, as was the ATV quad biking!’ She also tweeted after Monday’s show ‘Amazing day at the Nidderdale Show, everyone so friendly & kind, perhaps the most beautiful showground we’ve visited’.
Show President Alan Firth said of his first year as President ‘Once again our Nidderdale Show has proved to be a great success. The sun shone down on us and attendance was very good. It was wonderful to see the very high standards set by our exhibitors and to see the happy smiling faces of the public thoroughly enjoying their day. There was something for everyone and I am sure a lot of people will already be looking forward to returning next year’.