Stokesley Show – Saturday 22nd September 2018
One of the delights of visiting a new area for any of us is experiencing the inherent customs which give a place or an area its character.
Like many other counties, Yorkshire has a proud tradition of holding popular agricultural shows, and the beautiful market town of Stokesley, sitting serenely on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, is no exception.
The very first show was held in 1859 and, until the early 1960s, took place, annually, on a Thursday in September – great for the local schoolchildren, who were allowed a day off! However, it is now held on the third Saturday in September, which actually means that more people can visit.
This is where the town meets the countryside. The farmer and any other person working in a rural environment or enjoying country pursuits, can showcase his passions and interests before visitors who want to learn more about what goes on in the countryside.
Livestock will be paraded and judged in the Rings, horses will take part in show-jumping competitions, tents will be packed with smaller animals on show, or with home produce, crafts and food and drink for general consumption. Trade stalls abound and the public are treated to dare-devil displays of skill in many different disciplines. And all this with the ever-present accompaniment of a traditional brass band or old-time fair organ playing in the background.
And, if the visitor isn’t exhausted by the end of the afternoon, there is “all the fun of the fair” to be had, up in the High Street, a tradition which goes back many decades, with an old fashioned funfair coming into town and running nightly from the Wednesday until the Saturday.
Contributed by Chris Redman – Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide
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