The Great Yorkshire Show has been showcasing the ‘best of British’ farming’ since 1838 and has marked this by announcing record breaking entries for this year’s three-day event, from July 10 to 12.

With more than 130,000 visitors expected for the three days, events within the show contribute £47m per year to the local economy, said the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Its show director, Charles Mills: “Farming is very much at the heart of the Great Yorkshire Show where we welcome some of the best livestock in the UK into the judging rings, the latest agricultural innovations and key movers and shakers from the industry. The show is also a place to socialise and enjoy some fantastic entertainment and The Bolddog Lings will go down a storm in the main ring.”

The Duke of York is set to attend the show on Thursday, July 11, with his Royal Highness’ last visit being in 2002. Mr Mills added: “We are honoured to welcome the Duke of York to the Great Yorkshire Show where we will take a tour of some of the highlights. We have some of the best animals in Britain competing, first class entertainment, state-of-the-art farming equipment, terrific demos in the forge and the cookery theatres to name a few.”

The show will host three national cattle breed shows – for the Longhorn Cattle Society, the Beef Shorthorn Society and the British Charolais Cattle Society’s shows. This is the second time the show has had three ‘nationals’ in one year, but the first time the Longhorns have held their big show here.

The total number of entries across all 21 sections of the show are at 12,913, compared to the last record set in 2014 which was 12,847.

Sections that are celebrating a record number of entries this year include cattle classes with 1247 entries across beef and dairy, sheep with 2597 entries, sheep shearing with 241 and honey with 801 entries.

Another main attraction for the show is the Fashion Show section which is set to get a makeover this year with a brand new presenter, new home and entrance, opening into the heart of the showground. For the first time, ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot will be presenting the show – an opportunity she said she was delighted to take up.

“The Great Yorkshire Show is one of my favourite events and when I was offered the chance to present the fashion show I was delighted. My only worry was what to wear so when they said I’d be dressed by a personal stylist I couldn’t say no!” she said.

Motorbike stunt riding team The Bolddog Lings will take centre stage in the main ring. Managed by one of Europe’s top freestyle motocross riders, Dan Whitby, the team uses one of the largest, most sophisticated FMX landing ramps ever seen anywhere in the world. Riders will use the ramp to perform a trick flying 35ft in the air when they take to the main ring once a day, something not to be missed.

Fast facts

Annual cost of staging the Great Yorkshire Show £3.4m

Attendance at the 2016 show 135,026

Record attendance in 2006 135,111

First attendance in 1842 6044

Number of championships 598

Number of judges 264

Number of trophies 272

Number of cars parked 45,500

Straw for livestock 125 tonnes

Food facts:

Great Yorkshire Show visitors and members are cooked and catered for by CGC Event Caterers of Garforth, Leeds. Here’s their approximate shopping list for the three-day event – excluding sales to the general public around the 250-acre showground.

300 litres of Yorkshire milk

1280 punnets of Yorkshire strawberries

1200 loaves of bread for 4887 rounds of home-made sandwiches

10,000 Taylor’s of Harrogate Yorkshire tea bags

2200 scones

40 home-made Victoria sponge cakes

220kg of British bacon

150 loins of pork

400 kg of sausages

1800 servings of Yorkshire tapas

2112 glasses of Pimm’s and lemonade

144,634 individual pieces of crockery, cutlery, glasses and linen