numbers are still being counted up but they have comfortably beaten last year’s
show, at the Tabley Showground, near Knutsford, is this year celebrating its 175th anniversary and has done
it in style with fantastic weather and a special visit from HRH The Princess Royal.
HRH The Princess
Royal, who is also this year’s president of the Cheshire County Show, was
given a tour of the showground and stopped to chat with members of Cheshire
NAFAS and WI, as well as enjoying the horse section.
Tony Garnett, Chairman of the Cheshire County Show,
said: "This has been an outstanding year for the Cheshire County Show. We know
it has been a success when we see so many smiling faces enjoying the event.
"We have been rewarded with wonderful weather and we have
also been very proud this year to welcome HRH The Princess Royal, both of which have helped to attract our bumper
"Well done to
everyone involved and a big ‘thank you’ to the crowds who have once again made
the Cheshire County Show one of the biggest and best shows in the North West.”
Thousands of animals including livestock, horses, dogs and
pigs competed in hundreds of classes over the two days.
This year also saw the English
National Simmental Show at the show for the first time and the very first dedicated
competition class for the South Devon cattle breed in the show’s
Main attractions for 2013 have also included thrilling
performances from the world’s leading stunt motorcyclist Matt Coulter AKA ‘The
Kangaroo Kid’ and stirring live music from the Scots Guard Association
Pipe and Drum Band who returned by popular demand.
The Sainsbury’s Agri-Centre offered visitors the chance to
get a ‘hands on’ experience of farming and to learn more about where their food
As ever, the Roberts Speciality Food Hall and Food Live
Theatre proved popular with visitors who enjoyed a wide range of culinary
delights from over a hundred food producers from Cheshire and beyond.
It also offered live cooking demonstrations from celebrity
chefs including Sean Wilson, Simon Rimmer, Nigel Haworth and 2010 Masterchef Professionals
winner, Claire Lara.
"It has been a real honour to welcome HRH The Princess
Royal to the show to help us celebrate this special anniversary year," said Tony Garnett.
"She particularly enjoyed
talking to exhibitors in the horse section, which we know is one of her
"The show is always a great
celebration of our farming heritage and so much more – and this year has been
no exception. It continues to grow and be one of the best-enjoyed agricultural
and family days out in the region.”