Stithians Show

July 9, 2015 by becca.lazar No Comments


Stithians is a small Cornish village nestled away between the big towns of Helston, Truro and Falmouth. It’s hard to imagine that every year it holds one of the biggest one day agricultural shows in the country, with over 20 thousand people descending upon it. But that’s what happens, with more popularity each year and an increasing number of families coming to spectate and take part.

These agricultural shows are the perfect introduction to the true, working roots of the countryside for children. I don’t know about you, but each of us at Cornish Holiday Cottages knows at least one young boy with a tractor obsession. I personally used to annoy my parents by gesturing wildly out of the car window every time we passed one on the road, my voice ricocheting loudly off the glass and bouncing around the car. So if you are sharing your holiday with a commercial vehicle obsessed youngster, then you should get them to the show to sate their desire for combine harvesters, tractors and vintage cars.

Some children might prefer something more on the furry side and the modern Stithians Show can still be depended upon for a whole host of fuzzy prize winners and bests in show: rabbits and guinea pigs, sheep and cows, show dogs and more varieties of birds than you could rattle a cage at.

There’s something timeless and unfashionable about the idea of the agricultural show, so perhaps ‘modern’ was the wrong word to use in the last paragraph. The word ‘unpretentious’ springs to mind too, but I imagine there must be a few pretentious types in the world of championship vegetable growing and when most of us are used to identikit carrots from the supermarket, I think it’s important to see someone taking their marrows seriously.

There’s evidence that events like this are becoming increasingly popular in all parts of the country: according to the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) nearly seven million people attended them last year, up from five million 10 years ago.

The main arena will see dogs jumping and leaping around courses in agility competitions as well as show jumping and hunt parades. Off to the side there will be a fun fair and the ubiquitous Taste of Cornwall Food tent as well as craftsmen such as blacksmiths, weavers and beekeepers using traditional skills. Off to the side live music will be playing all day including jazz orchestras, choirs and accordion bands. With lots to see and do and a focus on entertaining and involving their visitors, it’s no wonder the big agricultural shows are back in fashion.




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