A preview of the Cheshire County Show 2011

Two days of farming and feel-good fun are coming soon to Tabley, Knutsford, in the form of the Cheshire County Show

The fabulous sights, flavours and characters of the countryside will be brought to the wider public once again in the annual event which is the Cheshire County Show.

With its roots, as ever, firmly in our county’s agricultural heritage the organisers are planning an action-packed, fun-filled event with attractions to suit all tastes and ages.

Now in its 173rd year, thousands of visitors from all over the UK are expected to converge on the Tabley Showground for the two-day spectacular. Last year, a record 80,000 people enjoyed the celebration of the countryside – and much more.

Demonstrations of traditional countryside scenes by horses and hounds, birds of prey, prize cattle and other farm animals always delight the visitors. But a feast of varied attractions is being organised to pull in the crowds. The boys from the Bolddog Lings Stunt Motorcycle team will be back to show off their death-defying tricks. The team has the largest landing ramp in the world allowing the riders to jump gaps of more than 75ft and reach heights of 35ft.

Meirion Owen’s Quack Pack is an hilarious duck herding demonstration. Meirion is a regular on TV and has appeared in three series of the BBC’s ‘One Man and His Dog.’

TV vet Joe Inglis will be bringing his campaign for healthier pets. Joe, a regular on BBC 1’s ‘The One Show’ and ITV’s ‘Daybreak’ and ‘This Morning’, will bring his Vet’s Kitchen Health Scan Roadshow and dispense advice.

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Almost 2,000 dogs will come to compete at the show. A wide range of breeds from Briards to German Shorthaired pointers will be competing for the title of Best in Show.

Visitors to the Sainsbury's Agri-centre will be taken on a food journey from ‘Plough to Plate’, which includes beef and dairy farmers, butchers, cheese makers, feed and equipment suppliers and many related businesses.To sustain energy levels, a trip to the Roberts Bakery Food Hall and Food Live Theatre is a must. There will be hundreds of tasty foods and drinks to enjoy and some of the county’s best chefs will stage cookery demonstrations.

The Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes will have its own dedicated marquee at the show including a superb display of craft, cookery, preserves, flower arrangements, paintings and photography.

As ever, there will be fairground rides and all the fun of the fair to entertain children and teenagers.

But local farmer and Chairman Tony Garnett said his priority is to ensure that agriculture remains at the heart of the Show. Last year demand for agricultural stands outstripped supply so there will be more than ever this time.  

A campaign to halt the decline of Cheshire cheese has been launched by Show officials.

‘In 1960 there was over 40,000 tonnes of Cheshire cheese being produced in the UK every year, now there is only around 7000 tonnes,’ said David Williams, Chief Steward in the Cheese section. ‘Cheshire cheese’s heritage dates back to Roman times. It is a famous part of the county’s heritage and we mustn’t let production of this great cheese disappear.’

They are teaming up with producers including Joseph Heler, from Nantwich, to raise the profile of Cheshire cheese in a bid to get it back on tables across the country.

This year’s Cheshire County Show at the Tabley Showground, Knutsford, WA16 0HJ, is on Tuesday June 21st and Wednesday 22nd June.

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