The countdown starts for this year's Nantwich Show
PUBLISHED: 13:18 25 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:45 20 February 2013
Dorfold Park is undergoing a transformation as the countdown starts for this year's Nantwich Show. Emma Mayoh reports
Change is happening at Nantwichs Dorfold Park. Ground work, marquees and main rings are being put up in preparation for this years Nantwich Show. It has been more than a year in the planning but on July 27th thousands of people are expected to flood through the showground's gates to enjoy this popular event, hailed as the UKs largest one day event.
Spectacular monster truck displays, appearances from celebrity chefs and countryside pursuits have been lined up to entertain the crowds. Big Pete, a huge 7.5 tonne truck, and the Grim Reaper monster truck will both roar into the main ring. Drivers will fly the huge vehicles through the air as part of a stunt display.
Something for the Weekend star James Martin and fellow television chef Gino D'Acampo will be cooking live at the International Cheese Awards, the world's biggest event of its kind. Former musician, Alex James and former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson, who are now both cheese producers, will also be on hand in the cheese marquee which has been enlarged yet again to accommodate the world record number of entries of 3,240 cheeses from 24 countries.
The Countryside Pursuits area of the show has seen a surge in demand this year with more and more people wanting to get involved. It features everything from rural crafts and traditional skills to gundog and falconry displays.
But showcase of the show is the animals. Visitors can see everything from cattle, sheep and horse jumping up close. The cattle section has been extended again following record entry numbers last year. Organisers are predicting there will be more than 600 cattle on show and the National Showcase of Brown Swiss will return to the event for the second year.
George Lawrence, who is joint show secretary with son Adrian, said: It is the agricultural side to the show that makes it particularly special. Nantwich Show has established itself a very good reputation and were proud that so many people want to be a part of it.
There will also be hundreds of exhibits and stalls in the Town & Country Shopping Pavilion, The Mornflake Food Hall as well as healthy competition in the arts and crafts, floral arts, honey, poultry, pigeons and dogs categories. This years show will also include a new Garden and Home Pavilion.
Nantwich Show has been running since 1897 and this year is important for several people involved. The show has a new president, John Lea, who as well as being managing director of Crewe-based cereal company Mornflake Foods is also the current High Sheriff of Cheshire. He is joined by deputy president Robert Eardley.
The 2011 event will also mark decades of involvement for several of the organisers. George and son, Adrian, both mark 25 years with the show and chairman, John Broomhall, has been involved with the show for more than 40 years. He is also the longest serving chairman, having been in the role for the past 23 years.