THE ANNUAL Ryedale Show is now big enough to be held across two days, according to show officials.

Record numbers of entries to the 148th show in most of the categories have led to suggestions that the show could be held over two consecutive days in future years.

Steph Myers, secretary for fur and feather at the show, said that since she started working at the show seven years ago she has seen it continue to grow in both visitor and entry numbers.

"It is a proper agricultural show and I think it is nearly getting big enough to be held across two days now," she said.

"There is enough for people to see and there is something to do all day long and it is just a fantastic show. I like to think that it encourages people of all ages and who have never exhibited before to enter."

Chief sheep steward Rob Myers, who is also a member of the show committee, said that the committee were yet to discuss the suggestion at length but that it had been mentioned.

He said: "We have briefly discussed it but it is a bit of a way out yet. That said, it is a big show and it is getting bigger.

"We will possibly discuss it further but we haven't talked about it in detail."

The chief steward also said that word of mouth amongst agricultural shows regarding just how popular the show is becoming had helped to boost entry numbers, with competitors coming from as far as Scotland.

"We have had exhibitors from Scotland and from down South who have travelled between four and five hours through the night to get here this morning. That's the first time that that has happened here.

"The quality of the exhibitors we have had is tremendous. The show stock is very good and we have met some great people."