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12:02am 31st May 2015

The Royal Cornwall Show is upon us...

...and it's time to get clued up on what'll be happening!


But wait, what is the Royal Cornwall Show?

The Royal Cornwall Show has been part of the Cornish way of life for well over 200 years. Steeped in history, the show has been championing excellence in local agriculture and providing a shop window for the very best that Cornwall has to offer.

Founded in Bodmin in 1793 as the Cornwall Agricultural Society, the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, as it has been known since 1858, boasts a long and proud tradition of agricultural promotion and tradition.

The first event, staged in September 1793, consisted of a ploughing match near the Red Lion Inn in Truro. The following year saw prizes for livestock being added to the awards on offer.

Although based in the then county town of Bodmin in North Cornwall from 1793 to approximately 1827, competitions were often also held in various other parts of the county

Early prizes were awarded for a wide range of competitions. These included land enclosure, fat sheep (with live and dead weights being examined), wool, farm carts, sheep shearing, agricultural machinery, turnip growing, bee keeping, cheese making plus, of course, awards for horses, cattle, sheep and pigs.

From 1827 to 1857, the annual show saw Truro as its home. Truro was by then very much the fashionable centre of Cornish life but in 1858 the Association turned nomadic, staging the annual show in the east and west of Cornwall in alternate years.

This year also saw the addition of Royal to the Association's title. Apart from breaks during the two wars, the show was to be staged on the above basis until 1960 when the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge became its permanent home.

The Royal Cornwall Show - the organisation of which is the main reason for the Association's existence - is today regarded as one of the last true major agricultural shows in the UK.

Regularly attracting well over 100,000 people (over 129,000 in 2008), the show has over 1000 trade stands, including huge areas for agricultural machinery and related displays, plus hundreds of competitive classes attracting the very best of British livestock and horses.

Add to this a flower show of national repute, an action-packed main arena, stage areas and specialist features such as the Countryside Area and the Steam Fair, and you have an event for all the family.

Although now well over 200 years old, the show is moving ever forward, with new features and exhibits every year. The show is also a place where real business is done.

Traditionally, deals for new machinery and other items were struck at the show and that is still true today. The list of trade exhibitors present and the sheer quality of the exhibits staged is undeniable proof of this.

Whether you are a visitor or an exhibitor, the Royal Cornwall Show is a must for your diary.

(Via http://royalcornwallshow.org/the-show/history/)


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