Showing off the countryside live

The show brings the countryside to life Photo: Yorkshire Agricultural Society

After wet weather forced the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire Show its little sister "Countryside Live" is going ahead this weekend.

There have been a record number of entries as the show celebrates its tenth anniversary at the showground in Harrogate.

Countryside Live was first held following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 and last year 10,700 visited the event.

There are classes for cattle, sheep and horses, as well as pigeons, poultry and honey plus the popular "Search for a Talented Show Jumper" competition, hosted by experts Graham and Tina Fletcher.

Countryside Live began a decade ago with only 400 entries. Each year it has grown and becoming an important fixture on the rural calendar. Our aim is to stage an enjoyable event which appeals to all the family, coupled with the more business element, ie the livestock classes for cattle and sheep. It is also important as a meeting place for the rural community, all of which combines to make a super event.

– Bill Cowling, Show Director

For the first time a number of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society awards will be made at the event, namely medals to the best agricultural students in the North of England, the long service awards to those who have worked in the industry for more than 40 years, and the winner will be announced of the prestigious Tye Trophy Award, which recognises excellent farming practice.