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The decision to cancel the region's biggest agricultural show is likely to cost the local economy at least £3 million.
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show called off the three day event after the first day for safety reasons. Car parks which were already saturated by heavy rain turned into quagmires, leaving many vehicles stranded.
The show has been taking place for more than 100 years. It's only ever been cancelled before because of foot and mouth disease, or war.
Hundreds of businesses could face huge financial losses after the remaining two days of this year's Great Yorkshire Show were cancelled.
The event was called off after just one day when car parks became unusable because of the heavy rain.
For over 150 years farmers, competitor and exhibitors have gather in Harrogate to take part in the Great Yorkshire Show, but after weeks of rain this years event was called to a halt after just one day.
Organisers said it was a 'heartbreaking' decision to make.
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have decided that the show will not go on, describing the decision as 'heartbreaking'.
It is the 154th Great Yorkshire Show and it was hoped that more than 130,000 visitors would attend. Further downpours left the ground at Harrogate unsafe.
Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment (1st Battalion) will exercise their Freedom of Harrogate at the opening of the Great Yorkshire Show. They recently arrived back from a tour of Afghanistan.
The annual show is going ahead despite the wet weather. More than 130,000 people are expected to turn out.