Despite foreboding weather warnings issued before the event, the Royal Cornwall Show was a resounding success. It saw the Countess of Wessex attend last week on Thursday and Friday and over 116,000 people gathered over the entirety of the event.
Held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, this year’s spectacular saw crowds flock to enjoy the show and they were treated to a wide range of events and attractions, including main ring thrills from the Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross team, the RAF Falcons parachute display team and a first visit by the mounted games association of Great Britain.
The Countess of Wessex, this year’s show president, extensively toured all corners of the show, calling at a variety of stands and events. Christopher Riddle, show secretary said: “We were delighted that the Countess of Wessex was our president this year and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy her two days with us”.
The show enjoyed close to record high entries in the cattle, sheep and pig sections with standards exceptionally high, described by cattle judge Graham Brindley as the best ever line up. The equine and show jumping classes also had a big turn out.
The Countess presented trophies on both days that she attended during the grand parades of prize winning cattle, sheep, pigs and horses. Her Royal Highness also presented long service awards to four local farm workers and prizes to the winners of the bi-annual Forestry competition.
Tim Blackshire of Levalsa Farm, St Austell, won this year’s Duke of Cornwall’s farm diversification award. Tim and his wife Sadie run a mid Cornwall farm diversification enterprise that provides children excluded from mainstream education opportunities to gain skills and confidence. Winning the award will make a big difference to the enterprise, part of the prize is £1,000 cash provided by The Duke of Cornwall. Tim is set to invest the cash into his business.
Preparations are already in place for next year’s Royal Cornwall Show, which takes place on June 4th, 5th and 6th 2015.