THE Nantwich and South Cheshire Show is back tomorrow (Wednesday) and organisers are hoping for the biggest and best event ever.
After last year’s washout when all but the International Cheese Show had to be cancelled because of the torrential downpours, this year’s event has attracted a record number of entries in the cheese section.
The horse section too is galloping ahead, up 20% on two years ago.
Nantwich Agricultural Society chairman John Broomhall is delighted.
Speaking today as judging got underway in the cheese section, he said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the way everything has worked out. Everything’s gone very smoothly.”
Work on building the Dorfold Park ‘little village’ which houses the one day spectacular show, began more than three weeks ago.
Mr Broomhall estimates close to three miles of tracking has been laid to get vehicles on and off the showground and this year, for the first time, the cheese tent boasts a suspended cassette flooring - meaning it is nearly a foot above the ground.
And there’s wheelchair-friendly ramps to get into the massive cheese marquee.
“You could walk on this in your slippers,” laughed Mr Broomhall. So will wellies be needed today after Monday night’s downpour?
“The ground’s okay,” he said, showing off his shoe-clad feet as if to prove the point. “A tiny bit squelchy. It will stand some more rain. To be honest we needed some rain in the show jumping ring.”
With cheese entries at a record high of 2,650 this really does make the Nantwich International Cheese Show the biggest in the world.