Keeping it in the Family for Cheese Classes

 In 2022, GYS Press Releases

It will be a bittersweet moment for the new Chief Cheese Steward when the doors open for the return of the classes at this year’s Show.

Caroline Bell is stepping into the place of her mother, Judy, who died in March. Judy was a dynamic and passionate Chair and Chief Steward of the Cheese and Dairy section, building it up to being a key part of the show, culminating in annual cheese auction which raised thousands of pounds for charity every year.

The Cheese & Dairy Show has been absent for the last two years because of the Covid pandemic. Caroline said: “Although mum wasn’t very well, we had worked together to figure out how it was going to happen. She was very strongly involved in the background.”

Caroline, who had worked with Judy at the Show for many years, recognised there would be challenges in stepping into her shoes. “I’m sure we will discover a lot that mum did that we don’t know she did, but the whole team behind the show is committed to making it happen for the farmers, the cheesemakers and the dairy industry,” she said. Caroline’s sister, Katie, is also taking part to make the section a success.

The cheese & dairy classes will be judged on the Tuesday, with the awards presented on the Wednesday and the hugely popular Cheese Auction on the Thursday. Entries for the cheese and dairy show are now open and close on May 23rd.

Show Director Charles Mills said: “Judy worked incredibly hard to make the Cheese section what it is and we are delighted that Caroline has agreed to take on the role. Judy will be a tough act to follow but I know that everyone involved wants to make the 2022 Cheese & Dairy Show a huge success in her honour.”

The Great Yorkshire Show has become a four-day event after a raft of changes were implemented at the 2021 show due to Covid 19 regulations.

Tickets are on sale now for the show which will run from Tuesday 12 July to Friday 15 July, 2022.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be no ticket sales on the gates, and they will be day specific to manage numbers attending. The opening times are 8am to 6pm on all four days. To see what is happening on which day, go to:

Tickets are on sale now at:


  • The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), a registered charity supporting rural Yorkshire.
  • YAS supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
  • The Society is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
  • Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.


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