Royal Cornwall Show sees third best attendance
2:11pm Monday 8th June 2009 in Video
Over 125,000 people visited this year’s Royal Cornwall Show – the third highest number ever recorded.
During the course of the three days, between last Thursday and Saturday, the Wadebridge showground admitted a total of 125,243, despite rain on the final day potentially putting some people off.
This figure compared to 129,325 last year, which was an all-time-record.
Show secretary Christopher Riddle declared himself “delighted” with the figure.
He said: “Considering last year was a record by a long way, and the poor weather on Saturday, it is an excellent total. I am particularly pleased for all the people who worked so hard to make sure the show was a success.”
From a farming point of view, the show confirmed its position as an event of national significance, with record entries in cattle and sheep and the staging of the National Simmental Show.
Entertainment in the main ring was a huge success – with human cannonball Dave “The Bullet” Smith, quad bike daredevil the Kangaroo Kid and the Band and Bugles of the Rifles proving particularly popular Trade exhibitors reported good sales and lively leads.
“We can’t begin to calculate the amount of business that is done at the show but it is an event of increasing significance to the south west economy,” said Mr Riddle.
Another successful element of the show was the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, who attended for the fifth time.
She was presented with a badge to mark her appointment as a vice-president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, in recognition of her support for the show over the years.
To see a large selection of photos from the show click on the link below, under the green "related links" heading.
Coverage from the show, plus photos, will be in this Wednesday's Packets.