Agricultural shows cancelled

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This year’s Stithians Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event had been due to be held in early July. Show secretary, Jenna Payne, explained: “The organising committee are very disappointed to cancel Cornwall’s largest one-day agricultural show for a second successive year but felt there was little other option.

“However, the show must go on and we’re very excited about holding our first full virtual Stithians Show and hope that exhibitors from across many of our competitive sections will get involved. This will expand on the successful virtual photography competitions we held last year.

“Virtual shows for livestock and horses have proven popular whilst the showing world hasn’t been possible to operate as normal. We’re looking forward to keeping the show’s competitive heart alive and we’ll release full details of how the classes will run soon.”

Organisers of the Camborne Show, which was also set to the held in July, have taken the same decision with their event.

Reg Bennett, chairman of Camborne Show Society said: “In view of the current situation and the time taken to stage such an event, we would rather spend that time in preparing for the 2022 show, rather than rushing into putting on a show that would not meet the high standards that we have worked so hard to attain.”

Royal Cornwall is still scheduled to take place but has been pushed back from its regular June date to September.