2012 Cheshire County Show, Tabley Showground, Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 17:54 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:41 20 February 2013
The sun shone and the crowds flocked to this year's sizzling Cheshire Show which included a special visit from the Countess of Wessex.
The Cheshire County Show just gets better and better. And were not the only ones who think so. A record number of more than 80,000 people attended the event, a celebration of agricultural life in Cheshire.
The leading county show also got the seal of approval from a very special guest this year. The Countess of Wessex took a tour of the Tabley Showground to learn more about Cheshire farming and the diverse community of people who make up our fantastic county. She stopped to speak to visitors and exhibitiors from some of the countys Olympic torch bearers and leading dignitaries to young handlers including eight-year old Bethany Daley and her five-year-old brother Jake from Tarporley.
It was a particularly special moment for father and daughter Rob and Katie Morgan who received personal congratulations from the royal visitor as their shorthorn Westonia Marie was named winner in the National Shorthorn Dairy Competition.
The Whitchurch farmers, who co-own Westonia Marie 6 with Roger Stockton, have been keeping the breed for only four years but they took top prize in the breeds national showcase.
Rob, 41, said: Were so pleased to have won, its a nice achievement. We are certainly very happy.
There are not many people who can be personally congratulated by a member of the royal family too so that made it even more special. We will definitely be celebrating.
Rob and Katie were two of many farmers from across Cheshire and neighbouring counties all hoping for the chance to win a prized rosette in one of the many categories. These included everything from cattle, sheep, horses and even the Pygmy Goat Club National Breed Show which was held at the event for the first time.
Rob Bailey, who farms cattle with his dad Steven in Audlem, took home a bumper haul of prizes with his Ayrshire herd including Brieryside Supreme Esme which was named Supreme Breed Champion.
The 23-year-old said: I started showing beef cattle when I was six and its something Ive always enjoyed doing. I love working the cows because it is what I have always wanted to do.
Its great to have success at the Cheshire Show. Its the place where farmers want to come and win. Were really pleased to have done well.
There were plenty of other attractions to keep the crowds entertained during the two-day extravaganza. There was the Grand Parade in the main ring, one of the highlights of the show, as well as breathtaking
displays from quad bike and motorbike stunt rider Jason Smyth, a duck and geese herding display from Katy Cropper, the only woman to win One Man and His Dog, and a musical treat from the Scots Guard Association Pipe and Drum Band. Visitors were able to try food from a host of producers in the Roberts Bakery Food Hall and the Farmers Market and learn more about where our food comes from in the Sainsburys Agri-centre.
There was also the opportunity to learn about traditional crafts and rural organisations in the Countryside Experience Area which included a show from professional chainsaw carvers, and off-road driving course and archery.
Sharing his knowledge with showgoers was history enthusiast Tony Whittaker from Warrington. The 50-year-old has been giving living history talks at shows and in schools for 24 years. He also makes equipment and clothing that would have been worn in Cheshire in bygone days.
He said: I make it all at home and its something I get a lot of enjoyment out of. I have been obsessed with history since I was a primary school and I love being able to pass on what I know to the next generation.
An event like this means that I can talk to even more people about the fantastically rich and diverse heritage our county has. Its a fantastic place to be.
The Cheshire County Show takes months and months to put together. But, according to the executive director Nigel Evans, it is worth every minute of it.
He said: It all went very well indeed. The sun was shining and people came out in their numbers. We could not be more pleased. We have a prestigious, successful show that is built on the support we have from our local people.
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The print version of this article appeared in the August 2012 issue of Cheshire Life
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