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The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) is an agricultural show which takes place on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the North of England annually from the second Tuesday of July until the following Thursday. It is organised and run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS). Since the demise of the Royal Show the GYS has been the largest agricultural show in England, however within the UK it is surpassed by both the Royal Welsh Show and the Royal Highland Show. The show is highly successful and the Society generated income of £9.6 million in 2016. A new Hall at the showground, costing £11 million, opened in 2016 and produced more than £1 million of income in its first year.
The history of the GYS is intimately connected with that of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS).
1837: The YAS was founded; its primary aim was stated as "... to hold an Annual Meeting for the Exhibition of Farming Stock, Implements &c., and for the General Promotion of Agriculture."
1838: The first YAS Show was held in the Barrack Yard at Fulford, near York. The numbers attending were not recorded, but the event was counted a success; police had to use their batons to restore order among the large numbers of visitors when they began to force their way in without paying.
1842: The show returned to York. This is the first year for which attendance figures are available -- the Show in 1842 had a paid attendance of 6,044. By 1843 the YAS Show had become known as the "Great Yorkshire Show", apparently by popular acclamation rather than in any official sense.
The GYS continued to be held in various places around Yorkshire until 1950.
2006: The most successful show so far in terms of attendance figures, with 135,111 visitors.
2008: The show was attended by the Queen to celebrate the 150th occasion on which the Show had been held.
2011: The show came close to the record with 135,086 visitors.
2012: This show (the 154th) was cancelled on Tuesday 10 July 2012 after only one day due to exceptional rain which had made the showground car parks unsafe. Organisers stated that the decision had been taken "reluctantly". This was the first cancellation due to weather. (Earlier cancellations had been due to war or foot and mouth disease.) An old bulldozer towed horse boxes out of muddy ground.
2017: The show was held on Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13 July 2017. This was the 159th show.
2018: This was the 160th show and was held on Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July 2018.
The Great Yorkshire Showground is situated off Railway Road, on the outskirts of Harrogate. The site is 250 acres (100 ha) in area, and consists mainly of grassland with several permanent structures. These include