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Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Show 2016 gets under way

Preparations are taking place for the Great Yorkshire Show 2016
Image caption Preparations are taking place for the Great Yorkshire Show 2016

More than 130,000 visitors are expected over three days at the Great Yorkshire Show.

This year is the 158th "best of British farming" extravaganza at Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Showground.

An £11.5m exhibition hall the size of three and a half Olympic swimming pools, to house the Food Hall, is new this year.

There will be more than 1,200 stands, with competitions ranging from horse-shoeing to sheep-shearing.

Get live updates and highlights from the BBC throughout the three-day show.

Image copyright Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Image caption Ring displays, demonstrations and the latest in agricultural industry will fill the showground.

The forecast on the first day is bright with warm sunny spells, light winds and a low risk of very isolated showers.

The 2012 event was cancelled after one day for the first time in its history due to heavy rain, at a cost of £2m.

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Image caption The GYS 2016 features equine exhibitions and demos

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