Cutting Edge Preparations for Countryside Live

Chainsaw carver Mark Bell is putting the finishing touches to a wooden bird of prey, which will play an important part in this month’s Countryside Live.

Watched by ‘Connie’, his Harris Hawk, the North Yorkshire-based expert was demonstrating his carving skills in readiness for the annual rural extravaganza which takes place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October. Chain saw carving is one of the new elements for visitors to watch at the ‘little sister’ event to the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Mark will be giving demonstrations on both days.

Tree surgeon Mark, commented: “I have been using a chainsaw since 1983 but started carving about 10 years ago, said Mark. “I have made a wide range of carvings – from a 10ft 6in tall bear and dragon’s head, to smaller birds of prey,” said Mark, who keeps three-year-old, Connie, at his home in Selby.

“I use hard waste to create the sculptures – it’s noisy work but I hope visitors to Countryside Live will enjoy watching my demonstrations,” he said.

As well as Mark, new attractions at Countryside Live include a carriage driving competition and displays from the Tailwagger Dog Team.

Firm favorites making a welcome return include ferret racing, archery and the popular contest to find Britain’s most talented show jumper with equestrian Olympic equestrian stars Graham and Tina Fletcher in the judges’ hotseat. There will also be dozens of stands and classes for cattle, sheep, horses, honey, poultry and pigeons.

Tickets can be bought in advance (up to Friday 11 October) and cost £8 for adults and £4 for children with a family ticket, admitting two adults and three children, priced at £22.

For more information and tickets visit the website at www.countrysidelive.co.uk

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4 October 2013

Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

Last call for press pass applications. If you wish to apply for press passes to Countryside Live, please complete the online application form on our website, by 11thOctober 2013 – http://countrysidelive.co.uk/media/press-passes

TICKET PRICES

Tickets are available at the event and in advance (booking deadline: Friday 11 October)

PRICES

In Advance

Adult                                          £8.00
Child (age 5 - 18)                      £4.00
Family (2 adults & 3 children)   £22.00

On the Gate

Adult                                          £8.00
Child (age 5 - 18)                      £4.00
Family (2 adults & 3 children)   £22.00

Please note: Dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed so please leave your pets at home.

YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. This ranges from educational initiatives to the Society’s Nuffield Scholarships to hosting the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. The Society is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.

The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the next Countryside Live are Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October and the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 July. See also www.yas.co.uk and www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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