The Royal Three Counties Show welcomed over 96,000 people to the Three Counties Showground over the three-day outdoor extravaganza. Crowds flocked to the show to enjoy soaring temperatures and celebrate the best that the British countryside has to offer.
The Royal Three Counties Show 2017 welcomed the newly appointed Secretary of State for Environment, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP on Friday for his first public appearance since taking office on June 11th.
New Head of Shows for Three Counties, Diana Walton said of her first show: “I am immensely thankful to everyone that was involved in putting together this year’s show. We couldn’t be happier with how it went and the show’s success is testament to the dedication and passion of the team at the Three Counties that pull out all the stops to ensure that our visitors enjoy themselves. We’re all itching to start planning for 2018 now, after a little sit down with a cold drink! These are testing times for all but over the last three days, we’ve seen a palpable sense of community. We’ve experienced the joy, passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of rural life from show goers and exhibitors alike and we hope that we’ve inspired and entertained all that attended.”
The Main Arena was the heart of the action with the Bolddog Lings Motorcross team and the Red Devils Parachute Team wowing the crowds with their spectacular displays as well as the Grand Parade of Livestock which was the pinnacle at the end of each day.
Over 2,500 school children visited the show on Friday. Every year schools from the three counties are invited to attend entirely free of charge as part of an initiative to engage the next generation in rural affairs. Into the weekend, nearly 1000 girls and boys from the Guiding and Scouting communities earned unique Challenge and Occasion badges.
This year, Gloucestershire played Host County for the show with a strong county theme throughout. This included showcasing lots of Gloucestershire rare breeds, food and drink producers and miniature replicas of the pigs that are taking part in the Royal Three Counties Show Gloucester Old Spots Trail that can be seen across the county.
BBC Countryfile presenter and born and bred Gloucestershire farmer Adam Henson headlined as Show Ambassador. Adam has been visiting the show since his childhood, exhibiting alongside his late father Joe Henson, a previous president for the show. Adam entertained the crowds across the show with various activities including judging an Adam Henson Look-alike competition for the Young Farmers and commentating on the Grand Parade each day.
For information on the Royal Three Counties and the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s events, please visit www.royalthreecounties.co.uk or call 01684 584900. Next year’s show will be held on 15th to 17th June 2018.