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DRIFFIELD SHOW 2022: ‘A superb and enjoyable two days’

A superb and enjoyable two days is how chief executive of Driffield Agricultural Society David Tite summed up this year’s Driffield Show which for the second year running took place over two days.

Thankfully, the unprecedented temperatures of the first half of the week subsided as visitors flocked to Driffield Showground to enjoy the 146th Driffield Show.

With all of the regular favourites and some new attractions and activities, there was plenty for people of all ages to enjoy.

As a democratic Showground, we will be speaking to everyone involved with the Show – from the committee, staff, trade stands and the public – to see what they want to do and how they wish to move forward

David Tite, on whether the show will remain a two-day event

The main ring was busy with visitors from early both days enjoying the fantastic displays and presentations provided by the equestrian classes, from agricultural horses to show jumpers, there was a high calibre of equine expertise on offer throughout the day.

Crowds flocked to the Woolley & Parks main ring when Atkinson Action Horses took to the arena with their spell-binding display of tricks and stunts and beautiful artistry of Liberty, displaying the seamless harmony between the horses and their rider.

Entertainment for all the family continued throughout the day at the KCOM Activity Arena with breath taking stunts from Dangerous Steve, whilst Thomas Longton demonstrated the amazing relationship between a man and his working dog.

The livestock section was a popular attraction with a good number of sheep, cattle and pig breeds on show throughout both days.

The new-look handicraft and horticulture marquees were popular as always, and there were a good number of trade stands for visitors to browse around.

The Food Zone had a wealth of local produce on display and the forestry zone had visitors captivated as they watched demonstrations of the machinery used in forestry management.

Speaking at the end of a busy two days, David Tite said: “We have had a great Show. It has been good fun and a superb and enjoyable two days.

“It was great to see the main ring so busy and Ben and the Atkinson Action Horses gave a fantastic display.

“The trade stands were busy and there was lots of agricultural content over the two days.

“The handicraft section looked fantastic over two tents and the horticulture section looked as good as it always does.

“The ever-developing forestry section was fantastic and it was amazing to see the two big wood chippers firing off at the same time. It has all been superb.”

He admitted that the heat presented its problems during the early part of last week when setting up and it was a relief for all concerned that the temperatures dropped as the Show went on.

“The heat was really hard work when setting up.

“We opened the gates earlier and closed later and tried to avoid the middle of the day and we did not have any livestock on site over Monday or Tuesday,” he continued.

“Thankfully, the temperatures dropped and it has been really pleasant.”

David said the Show was a huge team effort and he thanked all those involved who made it the success it is.

He added: “My thanks go to all the volunteers and committee members for manning the different bases and to all our sponsors for helping to make it such a successful event.

“Thanks to the trade stands for joining us for the two days and of course to all the visitors.”

For two years running, the Show has taken place over two days and the two-day format was once again a big talking point amongst visitors, trade stands and exhibitors.

So, what are plans for 2023?

“There will be a number of committee meetings over the coming weeks to discuss our plans for next year,” he said.

“The two-day format has worked well again for us this year.

“As a democratic Showground, we will be speaking to everyone involved with the Show – from the committee, staff, trade stands and the public – to see what they want to do and how they wish to move forward.”

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