RECORD numbers of sheep will be on display at the 208th Otley Show.

The event, believed to be the oldest one day agricultural show in the country, takes place on Saturday, May 20.

Wharfedale Agricultural Society has laid on everything from showjumping to a motorcycle stunt display to ensure the event lives up to its billing as 'a great day out for all the family'.

There will also be ferret races, a dry stone walling display, tug o' war contests, sailing on the lake courtesy of Otley Sailing Club, and pole lathe, spinning and weaving demonstrations.

As always the other attractions will complement the backbone of the show - its traditional display classes which has sections for Horses, Cattle and Sheep, Rabbits, Produce and Handicrafts and more.

Show Secretary Janet Raw said: "We have had record entries in sheep this year, more than 400.

"That's 100 more than last year which is great.

"And we have some new exhibitors coming, predominantly bringing in some new breeds which we're looking forward to seeing.

"The Horses entries have gone up as well and we have a new, Veteran class for horses and ponies this year.

"In the main ring we'll have Jamie Squibb and his Freestyle Stunt Team which I saw in action at Pateley Show and they were phenomenal, so I'm sure they'll do us proud.

"And, for the first time, we'll also be having a Bloodhound Show - basically a dog show but for hounds.

"Highmoor Bloodhounds will be bringing several packs along who will be competing for various prizes.

"Ben Potter will be back with his birds of prey show too, and the Northern England Falconry club will also be giving a demonstration so there'll be lots to see."

Vintage vehicle aficionados, meanwhile, should appreciate a display of American Army Jeeps and classic cars and tractors on the day.

Otley Brass Band will be playing throughout and there will be further live music from a Folk marquee, while younger visitors will be able to enjoy Punch and Judy shows, giant inflatables and donkey rides.

One unwelcome change this time will be the lack of a poultry exhibition, due to national regulations that were brought in following cases of avian flu being detected in the UK earlier this year.

The show will, however, still feature a Pigeon and Egg section.

The fun begins on the showground, at Bridge End, at 8am on Saturday - for more details including tickets prices visit .