The Great Yorkshire Show kicks off Harrogate Town AFC’s season as the club play their first pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday just days before the 163rd Show.

Harrogate Town AFC players Josh Falkingham and Will Smith led a Beef Shorthorn bull through the Main Ring as the two iconic Harrogate institutions celebrate joining forces for the first time.

The Great Yorkshire Show is supporting the town’s club as it undergoes a multi-million investment and increase in capacity.

The Man of the Match will be presented with a fabulous hamper from Fodder the award-winning, farm shop and cafe on the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Show Director Charles Mills said: “Harrogate Town AFC is undergoing a meteoric rise and we are keen to support them on their journey. What better way to celebrate than supporting them just days before the Great Yorkshire Show which truly celebrates all things Yorkshire.”

Sarah Barry CEO of Harrogate Town FC said: “We are delighted that the Great Yorkshire Show have partnered with us for the very first time to open the 2022/2023 season in true Yorkshire style as we take on Sheffield Wednesday in the first of four pre-season friendlies at the Envirovent Stadium against four Yorkshire clubs.

“The Great Yorkshire Show attracts thousands of visitors over four incredible days and is the best of its kind in the UK, putting Harrogate firmly on the map, showcasing our fabulous Town whilst boosting our economy. I cannot think of a more fitting way to start the season ahead of the Great Yorkshire Show coming to Town next week as we celebrate all things Yorkshire!”

Meanwhile, the Great Yorkshire Show gears up to open its doors on Tuesday July 12 and will celebrate 200 years of the Beef Shorthorn cattle breed. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be a special guest on the first day.

Tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show have now nearly sold out, with tickets now remaining for Friday only – available to purchase in advance and online only.

The Great Yorkshire Show has become a four-day event after a raft of changes were implemented at the 2021 show due to Covid 19 regulations.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be no ticket sales on the gates, and they will be day specific to manage numbers attending. The opening times are 8am to 6pm on all four days. To see what is happening on which day, go to:
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