GALLERY: Staffordshire County Show attracts 70,000 visitors

The Staffordshire County Show has come and gone for another year with organisers hailing it as another successful extravaganza of agriculture.

GALLERY: Staffordshire County Show attracts 70,000 visitors

Staffordshire County Show 2016

Visitor numbers have been at least on par with 2015 with around 70,000 through the gates. 

New additions and improvements to the 200-year-old event have been well received by traders and show-goers. 

Up to 1,500 at any one time took advantage of the new Wi-fi service while solar panels installed on Bingley Hall generated a third of power required at that particular venue. 

The show was once again a feast for the eyes with stallholders decorating their stands with floral displays. 

Sponsor, South Staffordshire College, also got in on the act with their flowery pooch which, as you can see in our picture, had one visiting canine fooled. The college are also big contributors to the County Show and last year brought along a huge floral cow, tying in with the central agricultural theme. 

On the first day, Staffordshire Young Farmers broke a world record by making the biggest milkshake ever using 911 litres of locally-produced milk. 

Visitors were treated to BBC antiques expert Eric Knowles descending on the show yesterday, pitching up at the Moorcroft Pottery stand. 

Meanwhile, those gathering around the main arena were treated to wide variety of entertainment from the traditional farmer’s parade to the Imps motorcycle team showing off their stunts and skills. The live cooking shows featuring a Chef’s Challenge were very popular. 

Organiser Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said: “We had another really, really good day yesterday helped by the great weather once again.

“It has gone down really well again. Visitor numbers are still to be confirmed but we are at least on par with last year. 

“Around 80 per cent of traders return each year and a third of those are agricultural which is great because we put a real emphasis on the agricultural side of things.

“It has just been a really great show once again which are really pleased about with all the work that has gone in. Hopefully everyone has had a brilliant time.”

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