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Cheese show is declared the best ever

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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Organisers have declared this year's Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show the best in its 151-year history.

Thousands of visitors went along to the West Woodlands show site on Saturday to bask in the glorious sunshine and enjoys the hundreds of stalls, bustling marquees and most importantly admire the many cheeses on show.

Show secretary Brenda Scott said the show could not have been better, with sellout crowds and trade stands, and beautiful weather.

Mrs Scott said: "It is quite possibly the best show ever.

"With trade stand sales up, specialist marquees such as the Fine Food Hall and the Local Food Hall bursting at the seams, we even had to increase the size of the Local Food Hall to cope as there was such a strong call on space.

"Advance ticket sales went through the roof and we had to order a reprint to cope with demand, plus record entries in the vast majority of show classes and competitions; everything was pointing to Frome Show 2012 being a massive success.

"All we had to worry about was the weather and that was, in the event, just fantastic, with the morning mist clearing and leaving us with what was in many ways a perfect summer's day even though we are now in the autumn."

People packed into the Cheese Pavilion to look at the hundreds of cheeses on display, which had been judged the day before.

Cheese manufacturers had come from far and wide to be judged, including Wyke Farms, Cathedral City, Pilgrims Choice and Dairy Crest and celebrity chef Lesley Waters and Radio 2 food writer Nigel Barden gave demonstrations on the Aga Rangemaster stage.

There was also the world's most expensive cheese board, worth £2,000.

Mrs Scott said: "Our thanks must go to everyone of those stand holders, to our sponsors, to the thousands of people who entered competitions at the show, to every one who helped in any way and, of course, to all our visitors, many of whom had to patiently endure long traffic queues before they could get into the showground.

"It will be some time before we have an attendance figure and confirmation of the amount raised in ticket sales, both in advance and on the gate, but almost whichever way you look at Frome Show 2012 it was quite possibly the best in its 150-year plus history."

Nicola Day, of Westbury, was the lucky winner of a hot-air balloon ride after picking out the Golden Ticket in the Somerset Standard competition being run at the showground on Saturday.

The full results of this year's show can be found at www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk.

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