About the Nidderdale Show ….
About the Annual Nidderdale Show – it is held in the picturesque surrounds of Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge and is one of the county’s foremost agricultural shows. The Show regularly attracts crowds of 15,000 and traditionally marks the end of the agricultural show season.
It aims to celebrate the finest of agricultural traditions. With top class livestock, horse and dog sections, boasting one of the finest exhibitions of animals anywhere in the UK.
“Competitors come from far and wide to take part. Because it is at the end of the season, their animals are in prime condition. They may have entered other shows but to win at the Nidderdale Show is the sign of a true champion. We have competitors come from as far away as Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, North Wales and Lancashire.” – Joe Stoney, Show Director 2004.
It takes a whole year to prepare, organise and arrange the Nidderdale Show. As soon as one show is over the preparations begin for the next with stewards meetings, committee meetings, show dinner, schedule committee meetings etc.
The physical work for the show starts in earnest at the beginning of September. The sheep pens are erected and marking out for the tents is completed. The marquees are set up the week before the Show. This is followed by the arrival of the fun fair on the Thursday prior to show day.
The trade stands will start filtering in on the weekend before. Then it is down to briefing the stewards on the Sunday. All should then be ready for a superb show. After all the clearing up the cycle starts again for the next year!