ORGANISERS are putting in the finishing touches for this year's Great Yorkshire Show which launches today.

The three day event, which is widely regarded as the UK's leading agricultural event, has attracted almost 13,000 exhibitors to Harrogate showground, with more than 130,000 visitors expected to attend this week.

New and returning stalls, exhibitions and livestock demonstrations will be held each day.

For the first time in over a decade, the Duke of York will return to visit the 161st iteration of the Great Yorkshire Show.

While the RAF Falcons Parachute Display team will show off their spectacular colours as they land in the Main Ring during the middle of the event.

Organisers said live music from a selection of bands will play on the President's Lawn Bandstand from 10am to 5pm, with Casablanca Steps, Mr Wilson's Second Liners kicking things off on Tuesday.

A popular highlight, judging for beef and dairy classes will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with The Grand Cattle Display, from exhibitors from across the country, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the cancellation of all pig classes at this year's show, organisers say the show will continue to offer something for everyone.

Advance ticket sales have closed, but tickets on the gate are available.