Wensleydale village show declared a success

The Askrigg and District Produce Show has been declared a great success, despite the rain and cold winds.

The show was opened by David Butterworth, chief executive of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority who gave a speech about the value of community coming together at events such as this which was well received.

He presented cups and prizes across categories for horticulture, floral art, vegetables, baking, preserves, tipples, art, handicraft, eggs and for children’s exhibits.

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Show chairman Mike Dechezeaux said: “This year we had a fantastic showing in the children’s section as the three primary schools in the BAWB federation were encouraged to enter by staff and volunteers, some work being done as part of the curriculum.

“We also had some lovely pictures from the children at the Askrigg Playgroup and the pre-school section was very colourful and creative.”

The show is run by a small team of people, supplemented by a small army of willing volunteers who show up every year to help move show tables, wash up, bake cakes and biscuits for the tea room, judge and steward.

“The show always has a very happy and homely feel to it and guests make very positive comments about how much they have enjoyed the event,” said Mr Dechezeaux.

“The stars of the show, however, are the talented growers, makers, bakers and creators of Askrigg, Bainbridge and beyond who produce the most incredible exhibits that make it a joy to visit.”

The show committee is looking for suggestions for new classes, particularly in the handicraft section, for next year’s show and will again be traveling to local schools, clubs and societies to make sure exhibitors have their say in what they will be producing for the show next year.