Tockwith Show

The Greatest Small Show In Yorkshire!

Tockwith Show Car Boot Sale Monday 6th May

Tockwith & District Agricultural Society
Car Boot Sale
Bank Holiday Monday May 6th
Tockwith Show Field (Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith, York, YO26 7QH) Sellers from 7am, Buyers from 8am
Sellers – Cars £8, Vans £10
Buyers – free admission (donations welcomed)
Homemade cake stall & refreshments – local bacon/sausage/burger rolls For more info contact Maureen 07960 990242
Charity No:  1105149

Black Tie Dinner

TADAS President Michelle Lee is hosting a Charity Dinner in aid of the 2020 President’s charity Diabetes UK.

Bonfire Update

As a lot of you will know we unfortunately had to cancel the bonfire & firework display due to very wet ground conditions. This did leave us with one problem though, a rather large pile of wood on the show field! This couldn’t be left, and people were refusing to come and take their wood back, so on Wednesday morning we did light it. We didn’t think that the stack of hay bales to the side of the bonfire would burn as they were soaking wet but after a while they started to smoulder and eventually burst into flames. It wasn’t till I got home and downloaded the photos that I saw the image of the bales and what appears to be a dragon/devil trying to get out!
Steve Ross

Cancellation of the 2019 Bonfire/Firework Display

After an inspection this morning and with the threat of more rain to come it has been decided (regrettably) to cancel this year’s bonfire and firework display. The main concern was in getting people off the carpark in such wet conditions and in the dark. It was felt that there was too much risk to people and vehicles if cars were needed to be towed off after becoming bogged down, which given the conditions was very likely. Damage to the Alton’s field was also a concern.

It was at this point that Jo realised that she had a hole in her wellies!

2019 Show Day Photos

So what has gone wrong with the weather?

The first marquee went up yesterday. Look at the lovely sunny weather.

3 hours later and water was streaming horizontally off the roof!

Hopefully the last of the rain has gone and the ground (and the committee) will have 3 days to dry up.

A show field is gradually taking shape

Many thanks to Ben Gillam (fencing contractor) who came and put in all of our ring stakes today. They are straight, in a line and all the same height!

What a strange few days we have had weather wise. Heatwave followed by torrential downpours on Saturday and a glorious afternoon today. many thanks to the young farmers who got a good soaking on Saturday putting up the sheep pens. They enjoyed burgers and hot coffee afterwards. Thanks to Jo for cooking.

Apparently I sent out a photo the other day, that went out on FB, showing our bonfire prices. Sorry folks but here are the show day prices. Online ticket sales have now closed but do not forget that this year we will be taking card transactions with our shiny new Worldpay machines.

In the past we have had our man (or lady) on the little yellow tractor. We now have a replacment called the frog. Many thanks to Paul Chasney who came along with his ‘vehicle’ today and helped us get everything out on to the show field.

Tockwith Show Children’s Poetry Competition Winner 2019

2019  Schools Poetry Competition – Theme “How Did You Get Here”

The overall winning poem was by Emma Butterworth of Tockwith Primary Academy

How did you get here?

I left what I called home,
I had to move,
Somewhere far from there,
So I’d be safe from the bombs that scared the families cuddled up together,
Hoping they’d stay there forever,
How did I get here?

No one to see,
No one to love,
I didn’t want to go,
How did I get here?

I never knew where to go,
Sadly, I had to leave,
The land I used to know,
How did I get here?

I wanted to know:
Who was I?
But people didn’t love me,
The way I wanted to be,
They told me I wasn’t good enough,
But surely,
My dream is my dream,
And their dream is their dream,
How did I get here?

Until now,
I thought I was nobody,
But I knew that I would be my own person,
Now I know how I got here.

Charlotte Green our judge remarked
 “A powerful poem for our times, giving a voice to the voiceless.”

It was a warm day to be walking around with white marker posts!

The day started with the container 2 being put into it’s final resting place. It was only 28 degrees at the time. So with bodies being on the show field we decided to start marking out all of the rings, marquees etc.. With the pigs being cancelled, extra room being needed by the trade stands and alterations to the horse rings much head scratching and mopping of brows was done. At this point we are now ahead of the game but with the prospect of a very wet weekend it is best to be ahead.
Talking of wet weekends the Young Farmers are helping put up the sheep pens on Saturday so we do hope they bring their waterproofs!
Also had a call from the steward today and entries for Fur & Feather are very good. Can’t believe how many tray of eggs are entered.
The card payment terminals from Worldpay arrived today so if you don’t get tickets in advance don’t forget your debit card.

Latest news from the show ground

After contact from a couple of concerned dog owners who were worried about the effect that the noise from Sealed Knot muskets had last year I can confirm that we are not having a Sealed Knot demonstration this year. We will be having Wighill Guns running a rifle range next to the archery but this will only be airguns which make very little noise.

Advance tickets are still available online through the web site for a few more days. Price £8 which is a 20% saving on the gate price!

On show day itself, we will for the first time be able to take card payments on the two main entry gates. The show is hiring two card payment terminals from Worldpay after feed back from other agricultural shows suggesting that this facility was very popular. Visa debit preferred but other cards can be taken.

Setup for the show is just about to start with the field having been topped in preparation of marking out for the rings and marquees.

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