Source: The West Briton
CORNWALL'S biggest annual event rolls into Wadebridge next week for three days of action-packed family entertainment.
The Royal Cornwall Show begins on June 5 with a visit from the Countess of Wessex who is spending two days inspecting the very best in livestock and Cornish produce.
Now in its 220th year, the show's organisers are hoping the weather will be kind and that more than 100,000 people will visit the Royal Cornwall Showground over the three days.
The top agricultural show will be brimming with livestock competitions, entertainers and hundreds of trade stands.
A near-record sheep entry stands out among the livestock and equine sections which have strong levels of competitors set to attend.
The sheep section received 1,173 entries, ranking as the show's second highest number.
Cattle entries have also enjoyed a substantial increase this year, with 614 stalls booked, 96 more than the 2013 figure.
The pig section has again attracted strong support, with 208 entries in total, the third highest recorded.
Dog and goat sections, rare breed classes, a top flower show, plus rabbits, cage birds and cavies will be on show.
Main ring entertainment is mounted on a grand scale and the traditional steam fair is always a colourful extravaganza; there will be stages and avenues alive with music, song and dance.
As president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) in 2014, the Countess of Wessex will fulfil a full programme of visits and presentations across the showground during her visit on the first two days of this year's show.
This will be the first visit to the show by the Countess, but not her first visit to the showground. In 2013 she was made president-elect at the RCAA's annual general meeting and opened the new exhibition hall.
In March, following her appointment as president for 2014, she hosted a reception at the Pavilion Centre.
The former president, Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall and this year's deputy president, will assist the Countess with her official presidential duties.
Speaking of the show, he said: "It is up there with the best and is still a farming show – one that attracts large numbers of non-farmers as well.
"I am pleased to play my part in something that is so very special for Cornwall and which is so well respected."
Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary, is thrilled about the planned royal visit.
"We are delighted to welcome the Countess of Wessex on her first visit to the show with the added good news that she is able to attend for two days.
"The Countess informed us at the president's reception that she has a good track record in bringing fine weather to the shows she has attended in the past and a repeat of the glorious Cornish sunshine that bathed last year's show would be very welcome."
This year also sees the return of some familiar names and faces, including Cornwall Farmers – back after a two-year absence.
The member-owned co-operative was absent last year, as it focused resources on a corporate turnaround plan and £2.3 million investment project.
"We are extremely excited that we will once again be at Royal Cornwall Show," said chief executive Simon Birch.
"We know people missed us last year, but it was essential we channelled all our energy into the business turnaround plan, making important decisions for the future and planning everything properly."
The company will have two stands at this year's show.
Gates open to the public from 8.30am, with adult daily tickets priced at £17.50, and £5 for children, and free entry for children under four. Family tickets are £37.50.
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