The Nantwich Agricultural Society celebrates its 120th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 22:38 29 August 2016
This year's Nantwich Show not only celebrated everything agricultural, but also 120 years of the society that makes it all happen
2016 Nantwich Show
John Williamson and his daughter, Jane Johnson of Chelford with 'Snelson Suranne', winner in the 3 years old and over barren mare class
Private Driving champion, Eric Mills, receiving congratulations from event judge, John Marson
Neville Lancaster and Rachel Rose with pony, 'Bambridge Bright Spark' from Congleton, came 1st in the Private Driving event and Reserve Champion
John Whittaker from Knutsford with 'Knutsford Eclipse' his 1st prize-winning yearling
Shire Stalion winner, 'Hillmoor Diamond King' with attendants Lucy Stringfellow (12), Rose Littler (14) and Sarah Warburton from Eaton, Congleton
A young visitor and a souvenir of her visit to the Show
Martin Waring from Faddiley with Junior Champion Holstein 'Woodhey Saturday Night Ghost'
South Deven cattle line up for judging
Nine-years-old young handler Hannah Hares from Burley Dam, Nantwich, attending her first Show with 'G.G. Nick' her Belgian Blue calf
Young handlers, Thomas (6) and sister, Keira Brindley (4) and their Holstein calfs from Market Drayton
Show judge, Pete Crossmore (right), casting his eye over some Texel shearling ewes
Sian Jones of Wrexham with her yellow dyed Beltex sheep
Richard and Amanda Lewis from Sandbrook, with their 1930 Riley Nine
Spectators by the Main Show Ring
Spectators by the Main Show Ring
Jana Carney (9) and Holly Lynch (14) from Warrington with pony 'Kerriston Del Boy' were winners of the Pony Fancy Dress competition with their Frozen theme
Nantwich Show 2016
Around 30,000 people took in the sights and sounds of the Nantwich Show, which once again returned to Dorfold Park. Hundreds of awards were given out to competitors, many of whom travelled from across the county to take part. However, celebrations were had weeks before a foot was set onto the showground, as the Nantwich Agricultural Society, which runs the annual event, celebrated its 120th anniversary.
The society has also been recognised by Her Majesty with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Earlier in the summer, chairman of the society, Michael-John Parkin, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace to meet the Her Majesty, and then the actual award was officially presented to volunteers on the showground one week before the show opened its gates.
‘The award is a wonderful recognition of the dedication of all our volunteers, many of who have served at the show for over 30 years. It is a great encouragement to keep our fantastic show going for future generations.’
Younger visitors were keen to get involved in the joviality of this year’s show, and the mounted fancy dress competition in the Main Ring proved popular with spectators.
Jana Carney, 9, and Holly Lynch, 15, were announced winners of the competition for their Frozen theme outfits. The pair from Warrington dressed up as Disney favourites Anna and Elsa, and even got their 20-year-old Shetland pony, Kerryston Dell Boy, to resemble Sven the reindeer. ‘We are very happy,’ said Jana. ‘It took about a week to do the costumes so it’s great to win!’
Students at local Reaseheath College were also recognised with awards throughout the day, with Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture pupils enjoying record success in the cattle section, winning a total of nine rosettes in young stock showing and young handler classes.
The students prepared and showed three heifers from the Reaseheath Holstein dairy herd and four young beef shorthorn cattle, including bull Redhill Jethro – which was the first time students have had the opportunity to handle a bull in the show ring.
As well as competitive sections and events, foodie guests were treated to demonstrations from celebrity chefs at the Le Gruyere Cookery Theatre including James Martin, Will Holland and ex-Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson, and the Mornflake Pavilion showcased a range of food and drink traders from around the county and beyond.
A range of events in the Main Ring kept visitors entertained throughout the day, including the thrill-seeking Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross riders, who put on stunning stunt displays, and the medieval looking Shire Horses. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring class is the decorated shire horse, where competitors spent hours dressing their horses in plaits, flights, tail rings, neck bands and ribbons.
Phillip Lloyd Williams, who was awarded first place, says it takes his mum Jackie 19 hours to clean the decorative harness for his seven-year-old gelding, Barn Acres Dan. ‘I would say she loves it, but I don’t think she does,’ admitted the horse lover from Wrexham, who participates in shows as a hobby. ‘It’s a great feeling to win. I enter each year, but most of the time end up coming second!’