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.
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