Stithians Show - Monday 14th July
Stithians Show (the annual agricultural show organised by the Stithians Agricultural Association) takes place on the day after Feast Sunday (the Sunday closest to 13 July) in the village of Stithians, Cornwall. It is recognised as being one of the largest one day shows in the United Kingdom regularly attracting in excess of 20,000 visitors, exhibitors, competitors, traders and entertainers.
The show has competitive sections (livestock,fur & feather, show jumping, horticulture and domestic), trade stands, side shows, entertainment, and catering.
The Show is divided into several competitive sections each with its own Committee (usually with a chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer). The main sections of the show are:
Trade Stands, Side Shows, and Entertainment As well as the competitive sections, there are many other attractions to entertain, inform and sell:
The Show Grounds
It is unclear exactly where the first shows were held, with references to 'Churchtown' (the land now occupied by the Church Hall [now the Stithians Centre] and the village school) appearing in The West Briton on 27 July 1838. For many years (certainly in living memory) the show was held in the fields which form part of the Ennis and Carbis Farm, with the playing fields in the heart of the village forming the hub from 1938. Fields on the glebe land were used as the Show expanded, and it was increased rental on this land that caused the relocation of the Show in 1992.
In 1992 the Association was fortunate enough to purchase 65 acres (260,000 m2) of Kennal Farm and to establish the present site. The Show has now left the heart of the village, but with improved car-parking, access, and permanent water and electricity supplies, this has enabled the Show to become self-sufficient.
The Show was first held in 1834 and has been held continuously since then (except for three years during World War I, and five years during World War II; and there was no show in 2001 due to the nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease).
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