More than 8,000 people headed to Wadebridge to visit this year's Cornish Winter Fair and enjoy the festive celebration of local farming and food.

Held on Saturday, November 16, within the exhibition halls at Royal Cornwall Events Centre, the event saw another increase in attendance.

More than 1,000 entries were received among the competitive classes for the 141st year of the Wadebridge Prime Stock Show, which sits at the heart of the annual event.

Ricky Cobbledick from Hallworthy took the coveted Best Beast In Show title with a Limousin-cross heifer. The Reserve Champion in the cattle section went to a British Blue-cross heifer owned by M R & V A Smith from Crediton, Devon.

Competition in the sheep section was as equally hot with Gwen Renfree from Liskeard taking the Single Lamb Championship with a Blue Texel. Tom Nancekivell from Kilkhampton near Bude was named Reserve Champion with a Suffolk-cross-Texel.

Paul Rea from Edmonton, Wadebridge, won the Gordon Beare Challenge Cup for the local competitor gaining the most points in the livestock classes.

In the produce section, Henry James from Connor Downs Academy won the cup for gaining the most points across the children’s classes. Wadebridge Primary Academy was the local school that gained the most points.

Kelly Parsons from Wadebridge YFC won the Mole Valley Farmers Perpetual Challenge Cup for accruing the most points in the Young Farmers’ classes.

The Best Boy’s Pasty Cup was too close to call with Samuel Hodge and Samuel Roberts sharing the title.

Bodmin Gaolbirds WI were the winners of the Women’s Institute Cup on a special year that saw classes celebrating the organisation’s Centenary.

Visitors flocked to the food and farming education zone created by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association in conjunction with the National Farmers Union, Cornwall branch of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Cornwall Food & Farming Group.

Families enjoyed meeting and learning more about the farm animals on show that included sheep, pigs, goats and an Exmoor pony. Freshly hatched chicks proved a real hit with young and old visitors alike.

The 110 trade stands which featured local craft and food and drink producers enjoyed a busy day, with some selling out of stock completely.

Christopher Riddle, honorary secretary of the Wadebridge Prime Stock Association said: “The popularity of the Cornish Winter Fair grows each year and it is pleasing to see so many people heading to the event to enjoy all that’s on offer, including learning more about local farming and food production.

“The competitive side of the event was very well supported once again and the standards as high as ever. We’d like to thank everybody who competed, judged, traded and in particular the volunteers who give up their time to make the event happen.”

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