Success for 2016 Royal Cornwall Show

June 13, 2016

Over 117,000 people attended the 2016 Royal Cornwall Show, which was staged at Wadebridge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week.

Announcing the total, show secretary Christopher Riddle said the show had been a great success in many ways, despite the poor weather forecast for the second and third days.

“We had a fantastic main ring entertainment programme, over 1,000 quality trade stands and a strong entry across the livestock and equine classes with new records set in the goat and sheep sections.

“There was a wonderful atmosphere and it was once again a fantastic celebration of Cornish farming, food and everything else that is great about our county.

“We enjoyed three good days weather wise and were incredibly lucky to miss the heavy rain that affected many parts of the region, but it was inevitable that the atrocious forecast saw our attendance dip compared to last year.”

One of the highlights of this year’s show was the main ring performance by the equine stars and riders from the BBC Poldark series. Atkinson Action Horses daredevil horseback stunt show was a big hit with show-goers with many taking the chance to meet Seamus who plays Aidan Turner’s steed in the popular series.

The main ring crowds were also wowed by Katy Cropper, the first female winner of the One Man & His Dog, and her daughter Henrietta with their sheep dog handling display. Show regulars, The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, dropped into the arena in spectacular fashion during Saturday and The Band of HM Royal Marines (Plymouth) performed on the Thursday.

“To stage an event of this scale requires a huge team effort and we thank the army of stewards and judges who give up their time willingly to make everything run smoothly,” added Christopher. “The e-ticketing system introduced this year worked very well and this year more than double the number of tickets were sold online ahead of the show.”

The post show clean-up is well underway and the planning process will now begin for the 2017 show which takes place on the 8th, 9th and 10th June.

Our picture shows The Walters family from Launceston collecting a special award from the 2016 show president, Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, for amassing the most points in the dairy cattle section.

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