North Leeds: Harewood return for massive rural fair

Fox hounds from the York and Ainsty South Hunt at the CLA Game fair at Harewood House.
Fox hounds from the York and Ainsty South Hunt at the CLA Game fair at Harewood House.
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Yorkshire’s rural economy has been handed a major boost with the return of an event considered by many in the business to be the world’s largest agricultural show.

Next summer will see the CLA Game Fair take place in the county for the first time since 2003 and will bring 1,000 exhibitors to thousands of visitors to Harewood House near Leeds.

Event organisers at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) anticipate that more than 140,000 people will attend the fair over the course of its three days, generating more than £30million for the regional and wider rural economy.

The fair showcases the best in country sports, fashion, food and other aspects of rural life and is scheduled to take place in 2015 between Friday, July 31 and Sunday, August 2.

Dorothy Fairburn, the CLA’s regional director for the North, said she was delighted to bring the fair back to the county after a long absence.

“This is great news for Yorkshire’s rural economy. The CLA Game Fair is the jewel in the crown of the outdoor show calendar and is recognised nationally and internationally as the biggest countryside event of its kind.”

David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood, added: “We’re delighted to welcome the CLA Game Fair back to Harewood – celebrating the countryside as a living, breathing and working place.”

Next year’s event will be the sixth time the CLA Game Fair has been held at Harewood House in what will be its 58th year.

Miss Fairburn said the grounds of one of the treasure houses of England would make for the perfect setting for the fair’s return to Yorkshire.

“Harewood House is a tried and tested venue, has great access and it’s a beautiful site that has a team of people who are used to running the biggest events so it’s the ideal location.

“The average visitor travels 114 miles to come to the show so, much like this summer with the Grand Départ passing through, Yorkshire will be very much thrust into the spotlight of a huge audience.”

The economic benefits will be felt through the spending power of visitors, with accommodation providers expected to reap the benefits of a large influx of show goers from across the country, she said.

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