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We can’t believe we are telling you about events in August … where has the summer gone? 
August signals hot sunshine, the start of the harvest and two important annual events based in Ryedale. 
These are Thornton-le-Dale Show (Wednesday 7th August) and the Yorkshire Traction Engine Rally (31st August and 1 September). 
Thornton-le-Dale Show is even more special this year as it celebrates it 100th ‘outing’! 
We wonder if it will get a birthday card from the Queen?! 
The show is a one-day event and is considered one of the friendliest around. 
Friends and acquaintances gather ready for opening at 9am and then it’s full-on until the early evening. 
Thornton-le-Dale Show prides itself on being just a bit different to other shows. For example, did you know it has the Scariest Scarecrow competition? Also the contest for the tastiest homemade sausages? And it also has the traditional men’s 400 yards race (using the imperial measurement as part of the show’s traditions). 
Other events include equestrian, a dog show, the ever-popular fur and feather, vintage tractors, falconry and sheep dog displays.  
Describing it alone is exhausting! 
We haven’t even touched on the live music, the great food, the children’s entertainment, the sheep show, The Mighty Smith (strong man) and cycle fans will love the FMX gravity-defying display and other two-wheeled events. 
Entry fees are just £10 per adult, children aged 5 to 16 years are just £4 and under 5s are free. 
If you’re working on show day, you can get into the event for just £2.50 after 4pm. 
Car parking is free and the event is held just off Maltongate in the village. 
And if this wasn’t enough, then traction engine fans only have to wait a few weeks after the above show for the arrival of all things steam! 
Just a few miles up the road at Scampston Field, near Scampston Hall, the Yorkshire Traction Engine Rally steams into this lovely part of Ryedale at the end of the month. 
The two-day event includes classic motorcycles, tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, fairground organs and vintage commercial, to name just a few of the amazing exhibits ‘on show’. 
This year’s event is set to include StuntWorld Stunt Show along with a craft marquee, antiques and collectables, a fine food marquee, Punch and Judy and a licensed bar. Camping is available, too. 
Gates open at 10am both days and close at 5pm. 
If you love this type of event, then early bird tickets are available until 25th August priced at just £6 per adults, over-65s £5 and under 16s £3, subject to availability. Advance tickets are just £8, £7 and £4 respectively, then on the day the ticket prices are £10, £8 and £5 respectively. Under 5s are free. Family tickets are available. 
Of course, these events do mean there’ll be traffic on the roads. 
Our drivers are prepared! Remember to allow extra time for your journey. 
Also if you want to save the hassle of parking and finding your car again at the end of a busy day, why not used one of our taxis to get you from A to B? 
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