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Thousands flock to largest county show in the North West
AROUND 80,000 people enjoyed a countryside spectacular when they visited this year’s Cheshire Show on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 17 and 18).
The county’s premier countryside event got underway in fine style with visitors enjoying an action packed programme over the two days.
One of the UK’s best-known farmers Adam Henson, who presents his own section on BBC’s Countryfile programme, was among those who appeared at the show, along with the Bolddog Ling Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Team, from Britain’s Got Talent and the Scots Guard Association Pipe Band in the Creamline Dairies Main Ring.
Other attractions included vintage machinery, a wonderful Farmers’ Market, Countryside Experience with Birds of Prey, traditional and modern rural crafts, floral displays, and a host of celebrity chefs (Simon Rimmer, Gary Tiplady and Sean Wilson) at the Roberts Bakery Food Hall.
All this, combined with thousands of horses, cattle and dogs featuring in competition events and 600 trade stands spanning five kilometres.
Food and Farming Minister George Eustice MP also attended the event on Wednesday to discuss current issues with local farmers.
Tony Garnett, Chairman of Cheshire Agricultural Society which runs the show, said: “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic two days – the weather has been superb and we would like to thank everyone for coming and making the show such a success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!”
Nigel Evans, Executive Director of the Cheshire Show, said: “The Cheshire Show is a wonderful celebration of all things country…and was a perfect opportunity for thousands of visitors to enjoy a flavour of rural life. It was two brilliant days with something for everyone – thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and visitors.”
The Cheshire Show was first held in 1838 and was historically an agricultural event. In recent years it has expanded to include a wide range of attractions across the 200-acre site at Tabley, near Knutsford.