Countryside Live gets ready to celebrate it's tenth birthday

PUBLISHED: 18:06 24 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:47 20 February 2013

Claire Beat from Malton with Tilly, a Belgian Blue Cross

Claire Beat from Malton with Tilly, a Belgian Blue Cross

Discover how you can become Birthday Star of Countryside Live

The flags are out and the cake is ordered to mark the 10th anniversary of Countryside Live. The little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show opens its doors on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st for a fun insight into rural life and a celebration of all thats best in the countryside.

Bill Cowling, show director said: This is an important milestone for us, as we mark the 10th birthday of the show. Our aim was to have an autumn event to really enthuse people about how great farming and the countryside is and weve certainly done that with attendance numbers growing each year.

A key part of our vision is making the show attractive to the general visitor, particularly families, so they can share in that enthusiasm and enjoy a great day out. For our farmers who bring their cattle, sheep and pigs to the event,

its a chance not only to win prizes, but also to talk to their customers. Its a success story all round.

And to mark the special year organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, are inviting youngsters who share a birthday with Countryside Live to get in touch and be part of the event. Anyone who celebrates their 10th birthday in October should get in touch saying why they should be chosen as the Birthday Star of Countryside Live. The winner will be invited to share in the party celebrations, said Mr Cowling.

The event is a microcosm of rural life with competitive classes for cattle, sheep, horses, pigeons and poultry. Different pig breeds will be included, plus the ever popular dog agility demonstrations will again delight the crowds.

For the first time, the event will host an equine special - the Northern Show Cross Series Final sponsored by Bishop Burton College. Its an all-action competition with show jumping followed by a round of cross country jumps.

Making a welcome return is the contest to find Britains most talented new showjumper, with equestrian experts Graham and Tina Fletcher in the judges hot seats.

Also back by popular demand are Carol and Philip Mellin, stars of TVs The Dales programme, and then theres Diggerland Experience, which last year saw a host of youngsters queuing up to take the controls of a mechanical digger!

Modern-day Robin Hoods will have the chance to test their archery skills plus theres mountain biking, a birds of prey display and a wide range of country crafts to try. Also new is ferret racing.

Another popular attraction is the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show, and visitors can also enjoy the tug of war competitions and Richard Savourys fun-filled Sheep Show. And dont forget the Food Zone, the Farm Zone and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Tickets can be bought in advance and parking is free. For more information about the birthday competition and event details go to

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