YORKSHIRE acts as hosts to Europe's most popular countryside show this weekend when the CLA Game Fair comes to historic Harewood House in Wharfedale north of Leeds.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected at the magnificent estate, home of the Queen's cousin the Earl of Harewood, to see - and sometimes take part in - dozens of activities connected with the countryside an d field sports, plus horse trials, gardening, cookery, family dog competitions and special events for children.
Each year, the game fair - organised by the Country Land and Business Association - moved from one stately home to another in different parts of the country. But with 850 exhibitors taking part on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the splendid setting of Harewood, this year's show is expected to break records.
One event of particular interest to Yorkshire country folk will be the presentation tomorrow (Friday, August 1) of country custodianship awards to two local gamekeepers in recognition for the conservation work they have carried out over the past 40 years. They are Harold Carr, of Lord Halifax's Garrowby Estate, East Yorkshire, and Mike Richardson of Lord Feversham's Helmsley Estate in North Yorkshire.