Tickets for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show will go on sale on Friday with organisers already planning to make the event as “weatherproof” as possible.

Some £500,000 has been set aside for measures aimed at ensuring that England’s premier agricultural show does not fall victim to bad weather. Last year the show lost two days after unprecedented wet weather made much of the car parking un-useable. Dates for this year are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and the venue is the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive, said, “We never want to be in that situation again, it was heartbreaking to have to cancel the show, so we’ll be doing as much as we can to maintain what is the country’s finest farming showcase.”

“Groundworks are already underway to put in extra roadways, drainage systems and hard standing around car park gateways. In addition we are looking at acquiring a number of pieces of land to boost our car parking capacity. We obviously can’t control the weather but we will be doing our level best to make the show as “weatherproof” as we can.”

Schedules for the competition classes are currently prepared and applications for exhibition space are being processed. “The response from our trade stand holders has been terrific. We’ve already got a waiting list of people who we’re trying to accommodate, around ninety-two per cent of exhibitors have re-booked, which is a marvellous vote of confidence in the show.”

This will be the 155th Great Yorkshire Show and it will be 175 years since the first Great Yorkshire was held. The discrepancy arrives due to shows being cancelled as a result of animal disease or not being held at all eg during the World Wars.

Tickets are available either online at www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or call 01423 541222 or in person from the Show’s office at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

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