A SPECIAL trophy marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be awarded to the champion of champions at this year’s Cheshire County Show.
The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Trophy continues the society’s tradition of marking royal events and will be presented to the overall champion by the Countess of Wessex during the Grand Parade.
The silver-plated cup has been specially designed and engraved by the show’s resident silversmith and compares to some of the largest trophies at the event.
Nigel Evans, executive director of the Cheshire Show, said: “2012 is a very special and exciting year for Great Britain and will certainly be one to remember.
“We thought it was only right to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and we hope that this special trophy will do that while celebrating the very best of what Cheshire has to offer.”
More than 400 trophies will be awarded to competitors across hundreds of classes during the two-day event.
Some of the oldest trophies date back to the show’s beginnings – more than 100 years ago – with a number of recently found trophies also set to make their return this year.
Richard Hague, treasurer of chairman of the trophy committee, said: “This year we have picked up two trophies from the 1930s with the Cheshire Show logo engraved on them.
“It is amazing how many keep cropping up at auctions. When the Society folded for a short time a lot of the trophies went missing so it is great to be able to have them back where they belong.”
This year’s Cheshire Show takes place on June 19 and 20 at the Tabley Showground.
Advance tickets cost £14 per adult, £11 for concessions, £6 for children and £30 for families.
To buy show tickets or for more information, visit www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk. You can also follow the Cheshire Show on Twitter at @cheshireshow or facebook.com/cheshirecountyshow.