Introduction

The Great Yorkshire Show is a Yorkshire institution, showcasing the very best of British farming, food and the countryside.

Held over three days in July, the Great Yorkshire Show welcomes more than 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals every year and regularly hosts national cattle competitions as well as one of the finest show jumping competitions in the country, the Cock O’The North.
As the place to see state-of-the art machinery, the strong connection to farmers means it’s also one of the best places to showcase latest models for suppliers.

And while agriculture at its heart, there’s also entertainment, shopping, live music, cookery demos and a professional catwalk fashion show – including a one-off celebrity special.

The first Great Yorkshire Show was held in 1838 and is organised by registered charity the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

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Fast Facts

Annual cost of staging the Great Yorkshire Show £3.4million
Attendance at the 2016 show 135,026
Record attendance – (2006) 135,111
First attendance recorded at the Great Yorkshire Show (1842) 6,044
First ever Great Yorkshire Show was held in Fulford, near York 1838
Number of Championship awards & prizes 598
Number of judges 264
Number of trophies & cups 272
Approximate number of animals competing 8,500
Number of cars parked 45,500
Straw provided for livestock 125 tonnes
Purchase of the showground at Harrogate 1949

Food Facts

Great Yorkshire Show visitors and members are cooked and catered for by CGC Event Caterers of Garforth, Leeds.

Here’s their approximate shopping list for the three-day event (excluding sales to general public around the 250-acre showground).

  • 300 litres of Yorkshire milk
  • 1,280 punnets of Yorkshire strawberries
  • 1,200 loaves of bread for 4887 rounds of home-made sandwiches
  • 10,000 Taylor’s of Harrogate Yorkshire tea bags
  • 2,200 scones
  • 40 home-made Victoria sponge cakes
  • 220kg of British bacon
  • 150 loins of pork
  • 400 kg of sausages
  • 1,800 servings of Yorkshire tapas
  • 2,112 glasses of Pimm’s and lemonade
  • 144,634 individual pieces of crockery, cutlery, glasses and linen

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