OH the dilemma; can, should or will the show go on is the big question of the moment for organisers and indeed visitors for country shows.

Spectator sympathises totally, most of these shows are run by volunteers with perhaps a tiny number of staff. The Great Yorkshire Show did phenomenally well, but it took an awful lot of organising and they are a professional outfit with a lot of resources behind them.

Stokesley Show revealed with deep disappointment they were not holding their show because of rising infections and lack of clarity from the government. For so long people have put their heart and soul into putting on these events for their communities and after the cancellations of last year hopes were so high this would be comeback time.

We can see it is the fear of coronavirus that is causing the mayhem, and the uncertainty around restrictions and recommendation rather than rules.

For Crakehall Cricket Club deep disappointment that the Emmerdale All Stars pulled out of the annual charity cricket match. Producers said they just couldn't take the chance that a member of the cast could catch it with the problems that would cause for filming. But the club has rescued the event and plans to stage a family fun day instead which will be a bonus for the charity of choice the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Nidderdale Show organisers have cancelled their event in September.

Ryedale Show was held virtually this week. Wensleydale Show organisers say they are going ahead with a live event at Leyburn on August 28. The only certainty in all of this is that next year organisers will be going all out to stage their shows in style.