THE biggest show in the Cheshire farming calendar finally shook off the curse of foot-and-mouth as livestock once again became the star attractions.
Two years ago the Cheshire County Show was cancelled after the outbreak of the disease and last year restrictions still hung over proceedings, preventing many animal from being shown.
But the first day of the event, held in Tabley, near Knutsford, saw the return of the grand cattle parade, impressing the thousands of visitors.
Mo Williams, who travelled to the show from Wirral, said: "It's a great show. There is so much to see but I'm particularly interested in the animals.
"The size of some of the cattle is very impressive, and they look well cared for. The farmers are obviously very passionate about what they are doing and that's lovely to see."
Sheep and goats were also exhibited for the first time since 2000 alongside children's favourites such as rabbits, dogs and shire horses.
But organisers were taking no chances and employed a bio-security officer to keep a check on the animals. Visitors were also asked to wash the soles of their shoes in disinfectant when leaving the livestock enclosures.