Plea for volunteers to help secure future of Tockwith Show

Plea for volunteers to help secure future of Tockwith Show

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:37pm 25th February 2020. (Updated at 1:44pm 25th February 2020)

The President of Tockwith Show has warned there’s a vital need for more volunteer helpers. 

  • The show's getting ready to celebrate its 75th year
  • Organisers say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get support from the local community
  • Last year around 8,000 people attended the show 
  • They're looking for new stewards and a Show Secretary 

As one of the region’s longest-running agricultural shows prepares to celebrate its 75th year, the show President has warned there’s a vital need for more volunteer helpers to see the show through another 75 years.

Michelle Lee, this year’s President of the Tockwith and District Agricultural Show, says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get sufficient support from the local community. 

She said: 

“Although it’s only held on one day there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into the organisation to ensure that it all runs smoothly and safely. 

“We have more than 600 individual classes on that day ranging from farm animals and pets to children’s poems and show-jumping and, although we are blessed with a fantastic committee, the problem is there’s a limit to what a small group can do on their own. So we desperately need more support if the show is going to continue, and continue to get better every year.

“Sometimes it’s simply having enough people around to physically create the showground, rather than looking for any longer-term commitment." 

Last year around 8,000 people attended the show.

Nidderdale Show
Tockwith Show is one of the region’s longest-running agricultural shows

Currently the Committee is looking for four new stewards to help organise the dressage section, the farmers market, the horticultural classes, and agricultural produce and rural crafts. They are also seeking an overall Show Secretary.

This year’s show will be held on Sunday, August 2nd.