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The show lasts for three days and attracts approximately 120,000 visitors annually, making it one of Cornwall's major tourist attractions.
The main ring at the Royal Cornwall Show in June 2004
Given its Royal status it is not unusual for a senior member of the Royal family to attend at the Show. A familiar sight is Prince Charles who is acknowledged to be a keen supporter of the farming community. Princess Alexandra attended the 2009 show.
The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association was founded in 1793, and has been known by that name since 1858.
The show was held at Truro between 1827 and 1857, and from then on the venue changed every year until 1960, when the showground at Wadebridge became its permanent home.
YEAR - LOCATION, ATTENDANCE
1827 to 1857 - Truro
1875 - Truro, 24,000 attendance for the two-day show
1878 - Saltash, 13,394 attendance for the two-day show
1879 - Falmouth, 18,926 attendance for the two-day show (12,414 paid for admission)
1880 - Lostwithiel (Lanwithan estate), 9,188 paid for admission to the two day show.
1888 - Newquay, 11,711 (the following citation applies to the entries for 1889 to 1912)
1889 - Helston, 12,974
1890 - Truro, 12,118
1891 - Par, 13,484
1892 - Redruth, 18,793
1893 - Liskeard, 13,067
1894 - Falmouth, 18,316
1895 - Wadebridge, 16,342
1896 - St. Ives, 13,040
1897 - Lostwithiel, 9,398
1898 - Penzance, 17,689
1899 - Launceston, 12,838
1900 - Truro, 14,560
1901 - Bodmin, 14,887
1902 - Camborne, 9,508
1903 - St. Austell, 19,370
1904 - Falmouth, 16,287
1905 - Newquay, 13,055
1906 - Redruth, 20,320
1907 - Liskeard, 12,648
1908 - Helston, 17,370
1909 - St. Columb, 15,757
1910 - St. Ives, 14,250
1911 - St. Austell, 18,157
1912 - Penzance, 21,454
1960 to 2016 - Wadebridge
Most major businesses with links to agriculture will have a trade stand at the show. Given the number of farming people at the venue it is regarded as a vital opportunity to attract new business as well as to network with current customers.
The show is particularly significant for young people who live in farming communities in Cornwall. It is regarded as one of the highlights of the year and as an opportunity to socialise with old friends and make new acquaintances.
Judging of cattle, sheep, horses, goats and various other domestic animals