Strong Attendance at the 2024 Show

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Last week saw the return of the annual Royal Cornwall Show, just outside Wadebridge, which received an incredible attendance of 117,447across the three days of the event.

The weather held well for the vast majority of the three days, with just one very short shower on Saturday afternoon, apart from that, the event was basked in beautiful sunshine.

Reflecting on the impressive numbers and the Show in general, Show Secretary Chris Riddle commented:

‘We are delighted to see that the attendance for this year is once again a very strong one, and just shy of our 120,000 target. We are all too aware of how tough it has been for many households over the last couple of years, so to still see the Show being supported by local people in this way is tremendous. I know it means a lot to the traders at the Show and the families that compete here.

He added: ‘The success of the Show would not be possible without the support of those that visit, compete and trade at the Show, as well as all those that help make the event happen, including our contractors, staff and judges and stewards’

There were many highlights of the Show, including the JCB Dancing Diggers who drew in the crowds with their amazingly choreographed performance and the Cornwall Airport Newquay Shetland Pony Grand National was also a popular spectacle in the Main Ring.

In the Livestock and Equine sections, many winners and champions were crowned. Supreme Beef Animal went to the British Limousin Foxhillfarm Titan, exhibited by Mrs M Cormack, and Supreme Dairy Animal went to Mr M Davis exhibiting his Jersey Rivermead Verdi Pixie.

In the Sheep section the Supreme Championship was won by Mr& Mrs Alford with their British Charollais Ewe, and the Dairy Goat Best in Show was Treleth Derryn owned by Sharon Owen, and Best Pygmy Goat in Show was won by Duxmeadow Daphne owned by S Foote.

The Pig Supreme was won by SJS Loveless and their Large White Portbredy Houri, and The Queen Elizabeth II Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Light Horse in Show went to the Large Riding Horse, Rio For Ever, owned by Miss Lauren Baker.

It was also an emotional farewell to Show Secretary Chris Riddle, and his wife Thelma, celebrating their final Show at the helm after 35years in the role. Over 100 stewards and staff members, past and present, created a guard of honour in the Main Ring as a very thoughtful letter written by HRH The Duke of Cornwall was read out by Colonel Sir Edward Bolitho.

Music and entertainment was buzzing through the avenues, with multiple live sound stages and walking entertainment across the Showground. All in all there was a real feel that Cornwall was coming together to socialise and celebrate.

Preparations have already started for the 2025 Show, which will take place on the 5, 6 & 7 June.

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