You may be reassured to know that's not the only reason I'd recommend visiting Reeth Show though...
Reeth Show takes place on bank holiday Monday and is really worth a trip. Whichever route you choose to get there, you'll pass through some stunning countryside. Reeth Show still feels 'real'. It's put on by locals for locals, but visitors are very welcome. This year's even will be even more special than usual. During the recent floods, some of the drystone walls around the show field were washed away, but the show will definitely still go on, thanks to Young Farmers Clubs who came from miles around to help. They spent a day clearing the field and re-making the drystone walls, so please do visit and enjoy the community spirit. You can usually see drystone walling demonstrations at Reeth Show: this year it's expected there will be even more competitors showing off their walling skills.
Reeth Show is a great combination of fun, good natured competition, and chances to learn more about country life. There's a chance to buy some fresh Dales produce and opportunities to watch cooking demonstrations. Alongside the sheep, cattle, and poultry judging, you'll be able to see some vintage tractors, cars and bikes on display. In the main show ring there are horse and pony classes, an open driving competition and mounted fancy dress competition.
Children enjoy the candy floss and bouncy castle, and everyone enjoys seeing which crafts have won prizes in the show marquee. Adding to the festive air will be the excellent Reeth Band. One of the most hotly contested competitions is the Great Fremington Edge Fell Race, a true test of determination and fitness.
Many thanks to Glenda Calvert for all the images on this page. She runs Upper Swaledale Holidays. Take a look at her blog about life on a Swaledale farm.