How much do we love this show? Lots, is the answer. During the summer we used to gad about to all sorts of village and dales shows, set up, take a bit of money, take down, often get wet, sometimes get stuck in mud .... and eventually we decided that we'd only do shows that either we always did well at, or ones that we simply enjoyed spending time at. Nidderdale we always seem to do well at, and Muker and Kirkby Fleetham are shows at which we always come away with a huge smile on our face.
Like Muker, the Kirkby Fleetham Feast is purely for the local community. They have no aims to attract thousands of people, they just want to bring the village together. The show opens with a Dog Show at 2pm(but awards not for best of breed or good behaviour, these awards are stuff like "waggiest tail" or "dog that looks most like its owner" or "dog the judge would most like to take home"). Then there follows displays - we've had the Red Barrows (a village formation wheel-barrow display team), we've had local characters dressed up for the Yorkshire Village People (with a farmer, a vicar, a bobby, a butcher etc) singing YMCA.
It's free to get in, there are a few stalls (plants, cakes, gorgous soap) there's a beer tent and the WI does tea, cake and sandwiches in the village hall from 2pm It's simple, it's local and if the sun shines it's an awful lot of fun.
The showground arena is free of charge. Admission to the showtent is from 2pm - 5pm, adults £1, child/concessions 50p.