A look ahead to the Cheshire County Show
PUBLISHED: 17:09 05 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:19 20 February 2013
Death defying feats, spectacular displays and lots of family fun will be at the Cheshire County Show next month
Theres no need to worry about the weather at this years Cheshire Show. Nigel Evans, executive director for the iconic agricultural event, made sure he brought some back with him from a Kenyan safari he went on to mark his 50th birthday earlier this year.
I put a little sunshine in my pocket, just in case, he said. But hes hoping, he wont need to use it. For the past two years the Tabley Showground near Knutsford, and the thousands of visitors who attended, have been bathed in sunshine. Hopefully this years event, which takes place on June 21st and 22nd, will be no different.
Whatever the weather though, there will be plenty going on. The show, one of the largest two day events in the north west, will provide the opportunity to see stunning displays in the main ring, including from The Gauntlet Bird of Prey Centre in Knutsford.
Daredevil motorcyclists Bolddog Lings will also return to the show after they polled 95 per cent in a public vote. The nationally acclaimed team, which has the largest landing ramp in the world allowing the riders to jump gaps of more than 75ft, will perform their jaw-dropping stunts. And they have been practising a new part of their show for the expectant crowds.
Nigel said: I cant tell you what it is because I want people to see it on the day but it is just incredible. The people who have seen them many times at the show will be treated to this new part of the display and you can expect to be watching it from behind your hands.
Bolddog Lings are a fantastic part of the show and we were really pleased so many people voted to bring them back.
There will also be thousands of animals, the real stars of this agricultural show, to see. Entries for all the categories, from equestrian to poultry have been in large numbers and local and regional farmers will compete in the hundreds of competition classes. The best of the countrys livestock will then be displayed in the impressive Grand Parade. There will also be a special area that will create a farmyard experience.
This popular county show has also been chosen to host the first ever National Dairy Shorthorn Show because of the interest already shown in the breed in previous years. On the Tuesday, entries will be judged on balance and dairy strength.
Jenny Pitman, the first woman to train a Grand National winner, Corbiere, will also judge a competition for young riders aged between 14 and 25.
There will also be the chance to try your hand at a range of pursuits including clay shooting and archery and the Roberts Bakery Food Hall will be filled with tasty treats.
Nigel said: This is one of the best events in the region and this year will be no different. This is a full day out for everyone to enjoy.
We have numerous volunteers who help us and without their efforts we would not be able to put on the show we do. It is testament to all of their hard work.
The fun of the festival
A special literary festival will take place this month in Malpas and Hampton. The Malpas Arts and Literary Festival, which takes place from May 19th-22nd, will feature concerts, exhibitions, performing arts and a long list of well known speakers including writer and producer Jimmy McGovern and novelist Adam Williams.
The event will be officially opened on May 19th at Broomy Bank, Hampton. The three-day festival will also feature premiere performances, classical music recitals and visits from international acclaimed authors, including Cheshire's Erica James (pictured). There will also be a family day on May 21st and it is hoped the festival will become an annual event. For more information or to book visit www.malfest.com.
And the Alderley Edge May Fair will be held on May 21st from 11am-5pm. The event, being organised by Soroptimist International of Manchester, has involvement from lots of local organisations.
There will be a parade led by a wizard and his white horse followed by knights, a 5k fun run, entertainment from clog and morris dancers and local bands and the opportunity to see some vintage tractors and penny farthing bicycle. For more information contact Christine Munro on 01625 251753.