The Royal Bath & West Show
Show Dates - 1 - 4 June 2016
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The 2015 Royal Bath and West Show lived up to its billing of showcasing Great British Agriculture, Entertainment, Food & Drink.
England's only four day agricultural Show had entries from around the country for its cattle, cider and cheese classes.
In fact, not only were there high numbers of entries with record breaking figures for the Poultry section, but also there were more trade stands than previous years plus record advance ticket sales with bumper crowds each day.
The 152nd Show marked 50 years at the Shepton Mallet Showground which became a permanent base for the Society in 1965 after being a touring Show.It was the first as chief executive for Rupert Cox, who said: "I am immensely proud of all that has been achieved at the 2015 Show; it has been a true a showcase of Great British Agriculture, Entertainment, Food & Drink.
"It embraced our heritage as well as looking forward to the future and I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to so many of our visitors and members anddiscuss ideas for continuing to make this the best possible Show of its kind. "I must pay tribute to the staff, the volunteers, the exhibitors, volunteers and sponsors whose hard work and dedication have made the Show such a success."
Alan Lyons, Show Manager, sais: "It has been fantastic and I am pleased that everybody bought into the concept of the change in layout, reduced ticket prices and working hard on the trade stands. It seems to have been a good formula and there has been a tremendous atmosphere over the four days.
"The areas we opened up for people to sit in, eat and relax have been so well used that it would seem people have found new areas of the Show to visit."
Joint presidents for this year were Lord & Lady Fellowes who shook hundreds, if not thousands of hands, as they toured trade stands, cattle lines, attended receptions and presented awards across all four days of the Show.
There were awards aplenty as Long Service to the Society was recognised as well as special ones this year for those who have played a part in the Show since it moved to Shepton Mallet in 1965.
Farmer's wife Lesley Bowes scooped the Show's Farm Woman of the Year Award. Lesley, from Chewton Keynsham in Somerset, was nominated by 17 different people which joint judge Lady Fellowes said was an indication of the high esteem in which she was held.
Meanwhile the Ladies' Day winner for best dressed was named as Pam Norris, from Frome, whose practical yet stylish outfit was praised by judge Miss Bristol, Meg Abernethy-Hope.
A Murray Grey cow made breed history by winning a British interbreed beef championship for only the second time on record.
The cow Ashrose Rita comes from Ashrose Herd, owned by Michael Rosenberg CBE and herd manager at Pencoed Farm, Carmarthenshire is Wendy Finucane.
Reserve was Laity Farms champion South Devon bull Z Polkinghorne Indiana, who also beat off competition from 112 other South Devon cattle to win the Herd Book Society's National Show.
More than 550 birds competed for the prestigious Poultry Club Royal Championship Show with a chocolate and white Muscovy duck taking the honours. Owned by Michael Jackson from St Austell, Cornwall, he also won the championship and reserve championship prizes.
Victoria and Simon Baxter, who grow apples and make cider at Longburton, near Sherborne, were the surprise winners of the British Cider Championship with their dry bottled cider.
They beat more than 600 other ciders to the blue riband of cider competitions at Orchard and Cider.
The Champion British Farmhouse Cider was also made in the West Country with the title won by Denis France, of Handmade Cider, who has been making cider commercially at Slaughterford, near Chippenham for just five years.
The Coopers' Trophy for Craftsmanship in the Cider industry went to the writer and cider historian, James Crowden, for what Orchards and Cider Chairman, Anthony Gibson, described as his "craftsmanship with words".
And the British Cheese Awards featured an array of cheeses from across the country with the Supreme Champion named as Barkham Blue Two Hoots Cheese from Berkshire and Reserve White Lake Cheese from Somerset.
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