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Malham Cattle fair 1949 outside the Lister's Arms

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Malhamdale Show 1907 - 2002

The New Millennium
     Farming suffers further hardships. Foot and mouth disease in 2001 decimated Malhamdale's cattle and sheep and resulted in the cancellation of the show that year. This was the first time since 1946 that the show had to be called off.

2000 - Fine weather and a good attendance for the millennium Show.
     Mr J Wilson was president, Mr Chris Hall continued as chairman and it was Mr Tony Robinson's first year as show secretary. Special attractions included Stanley & Newmarket Colliery Brass Band, The game Goer Gun Dog and Falconry display, sheep clipping demonstration, vintage cars and motor cycles, vintage agricultural machinery and tractors, and junior motocross.

2001 - The show was cancelled due to the foot and mouth epidemic..

2002 - Good to be back despite heavy rain.
     President Mr Ted Phillip took up his office more than a year after he was due to carry out his presidential duties. Malham was the first agricultural show in Craven to reintroduce livestock - a welcome sight for a community blighted by foot and mouth in 2001. Chairman Chris Hall thanked the farming community and the people of Malhamdale for supporting the show. However entries in cattle classes were down by two-thirds and sheep classes were down by 50 per cent. Expecting a reduction in stock classes the committee had worked hard to ensure that there were enough attractions to compensate. In addition to the horticultural, floral and craft classes there were displays of show jumping, beagle hunting, a sheep dog display, fancy dress and children's sports.


And the story doesn't end there! May Malhamdale Show continue to be a great day out for all the family.

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