VIDEO: Great Yorkshire Show is hot ticket

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Holy cow, it’s hot! Temperatures soared to around 26C today and this is how Isaac the Hereford Bull is keeping cool at the Great Yorkshire Show, writes Graham Walker

Sophie Harvey is pictured here hosing down the animal at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Great Yorkshire Show: Sophie Harvey gets to grips with cooling down Isaac the Hereford Bull. Picture by Gerard Binks.

Great Yorkshire Show: Sophie Harvey gets to grips with cooling down Isaac the Hereford Bull. Picture by Gerard Binks.

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Hopes are high that the heatwave will bring record-breaking attendances - a far cry from last year when heavy rain forced cancellation of the final two days at a cost of around £2m.

Organised each year by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the three-day event is one the biggest agricultural shows in the country.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the 155th which will feature 8,000 of the county’s finest livestock compete across 17 categories.

Great Yorkshire Show: Sophie Harvey gets to grips with cooling down Isaac the Hereford Bull. Picture by Gerard Binks.

Great Yorkshire Show: Sophie Harvey gets to grips with cooling down Isaac the Hereford Bull. Picture by Gerard Binks.

No one is expecting a repeat of the downpours which prematurely brought the curtain down on last year’s show after just one day. Since then, £500,000 has been spent to weatherproof the site.

Honorary show director Bill Cowling said: “What a difference a year makes. It’s been so much easier setting up because people can go where they want, however they want.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of them over the years and it’s always exciting on the eve of the show because it’s a fresh show every time and a fresh challenge. I think the showgrounds looks as well as it’s ever looked and the weather’s helped, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the show.”

Organisers from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society had to cancel the remainder of last year’s show at the close of the first day after the car parks became quagmires.

Anyone with an unused ticket from the 2012 show can use it this year instead, in a bid to ensure visitor numbers do not decline as a result of the chaotic scenes from 12 months ago.