Stithians Show

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Stithians Show
Hoisting the Flag at Stithians Show
Next Show:15 July 2013
Type:Agricultural Show
Next Show: 15 July 2013
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Stithians Show
Hoisting the Flag at Stithians Show
Next Show:15 July 2013
Type:Agricultural Show
Next Show: 15 July 2013

Stithians Show (the annual agricultural show organised by the Stithians Agricultural Association) takes place on the day after Feast Sunday (the Sunday closest to 13 July) in the village of Stithians, Cornwall. It is recognised as being one of the largest one day shows in the United Kingdom regularly attracting in excess of 20,000 visitors, exhibitors, competitors, traders and entertainers.

The show has competitive sections (livestock,fur & feather, show jumping, horticulture and domestic), trade stands, side shows, entertainment, and catering.

Competitive Sections[edit]

The Show is divided into several competitive sections each with its own Committee (usually with a chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer). The main sections of the show are:

Arts, Craft & Cookery (formerly Domestic) Cage Birds, Cattle, Cavies (New in 2013), Dog Show, Dog Agility, Goats, Horse Show, Horticulture, Pigeons, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Young Farmers Club

Trade Stands, Side Shows, and Entertainment[edit]

As well as the competitive sections, there are many other attractions to entertain, inform and sell:


The Show Grounds[edit]

It is unclear exactly where the first shows were held, with references to 'Churchtown' (the land now occupied by the Church Hall [now the Stithians Centre] and the village school) appearing in The West Briton on 27 July 1838.[1] For many years (certainly in living memory) the show was held in the fields which form part of the Ennis and Carbis Farm, with the playing fields in the heart of the village forming the hub from 1938. Fields on the glebe land were used as the Show expanded, and it was increased rental on this land that caused the relocation of the Show in 1992.

In 1992 the Association was fortunate enough to purchase 65 acres (260,000 m2) of Kennal Farm and to establish the present site. The Show has now left the heart of the village, but with improved car-parking, access, and permanent water and electricity supplies, this has enabled the Show to become self-sufficient.

The Show was first held in 1834 and has been held continuously since then (except for three years during World War I, and five years during World War II; and there was no show in 2001 due to the nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease).

Former presidents (Stithians unless stated)[edit]

1875Rev F Wright, Vicar of Stythians1876Rev F Wright, Vicar of Stythians1877Rev H Harmer, Vicar of Stythians
1878Rev H Harmer, Vicar of Stythians1879W S Williams1880W S Williams
1881W S Williams1882W S Williams1883W S Williams
1884W S Williams1885John Williams, Scorrier House1886N J West, Hayle
1887J C Williams, Caerhays1888J C Williams, Caerhays1889J C Williams, Caerhays
1890Colonel Tremayne, Carclew1891J Jose, Mellingey1892E B Beauchamp, Trevince
1893John Williams, Caerhays1894E P Rogers, Burncoose1895N J West, Hayle
1896N J West, Hayle1897J C Williams, Caerhays1898Sir E D Lawrence, London
1899A Bassett, Tehidy1900Sir E D Lawrence, London1901A Lanyon, Redruth
1902J C Williams, Caerhays1903Harcourt Williams, Truro1904Sir E D Lawrence, London
1905John Williams, Scorrier House1906E B Beauchamp, Trevince1907J C Williams, Caerhays
1908Charles Williams, Caerhays1909Capt S H Christy, Scorrier1910C H Beauchamp, Trevince
1911A Wallis1912GFT Peters, Chiverton1913Hon J Boscawen, Penzance
1914Capt W F Tremayne, Carclew1915S H Lanyon, Redruth1916NO SHOW World War I
1917NO SHOW World War I1918NO SHOW World War I1919Capt W F Tremayne, Carclew
1920N H Holman, Camborne1921T Trounson, Redruth1922G P Williams, Scorrier
1923CH Simmons, London1924J Harris, Caerhays1925J C Williams, Caerhays
1926C H Simmons, London1927G P Williams, Scorrier1928CH Peters, London
1929W W Bulkley1930A Collins, South Africa1931W J Opie, Redruth
1932P M Williams, Burncoose1933A C Phillips1934Cmdr A G Agnew MP
1935C J Cooke, Redruth1936G Hughes, Redruth1937C Hancock, Truro
1938H J Collins, London1939A Philips, St Austell1940NO SHOW World War II
1941NO SHOW World War II1942NO SHOW World War II1943NO SHOW World War II
1944NO SHOW World War II1945B W Knuckey1946J S Richards
1947W J Andrew1948J Mitchell, Perranporth1949W J T Peters
1950W J Dunstan, Camborne1951W J Thomas, Cusgarne1952P M Phillips, Burncoose
1953J H Phillips, St Austell1954Mrs D M Briddon1955A Opie
1956W F Gluyas1957W Opie1958Miss J Hellings
1959C H Andrew, Falmouth1960H S Felton, Kettering1961H E Phillips
1962J T Jelbert, Wendron1963Rev J R Hose, Perranarworthal1964H Prowse
1965W J Kneebone, Perranwell1966W J Andrew, Treskillard1967W Prose
1968L J Richards, Frogpool1969RM Berryman, Ladock1970E J Brown
1971Jack R Williams1972S Trevena1973W Pascoe
1974Mrs E M Phillips1975J R Knuckey, Ponsanooth1976B Martin, Truro
1977Mrs E Jones, Perranporth1978S Lean, Redruth1979B Dale, Gwennap
1980E T Paget1981Dr C A Biscoe1982J M Turnbull, Falmouth
1983R M Eddy, Redruth1984W Prowse1985N J Jeffery
1986Mrs J Green, Longdowns1987R Pascoe1988H Kneebone, Perranwell Station
1989H Opie1990H D Martin, Trispen1991H D J Reed, Radnor
1992P J R Stephens, Redruth1993W P Gluyas1994L R Barter
1995Mrs E F (Lee) Bowden1996T K Plummer, Truro1997J B G Holt, Probus
1998Mis K Mead1999M May, Feock2000T Wills, Warwick
2001NO SHOW (Foot and mouth)2002I Perry, Helston2003D C Tangye, Perranwell Station
2004R Manhire, Illogan2005R Pascoe, Colchester2006L Roskilly, Ponsanooth
2007R Bowden2008D Nicholls2009C Bowden
2010J Large, Kea2011M Tripp2012D Oates, Redruth


  1. ^ The Book of Stithians. Halsgrove. 1999. ISBN 1-84114-043-0. 

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