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From ‘power of the horse’ to ‘horse power’

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As the Cheshire Agricultural Society celebrates its 180th anniversary, The Royal Cheshire County Show is pleased to announce an exciting new Delamere Dairy main ring attraction this year.

A performance, commemorating the special anniversary, will take spectators on a journey through history to show how different agricultural processes have developed over the years. 

The display will be led out by six shire horses, drawing farming implements of yesteryear.

These gentle giants will be followed by the vintage machinery equivalents, exhibiting the transition from the power of the horse to horse power.

The demonstration will finish in the modern era, with today’s farming machinery displaying how equipment has been scaled up to increase efficiency to meet current agricultural demands.

Show organisers say that the imaginations of both young and old will be captured by this unique performance.

Coinciding with this, the Agri-Centre will be delivering another important message of ‘plough to plate’ and our heavy reliance on the land for the food on our tables.

Demonstrations will be taking place over the course of the two days – from milking to butchering – and Taste Cheshire will be running cooking masterclasses, championing local produce. (read more, here.)

Nigel Evans, executive director of The Royal Cheshire County Show, commented: “We look to offer a varied range of entertainment within the Delamere Dairy Main Ring and in this the 180th anniversary year, we felt it would be of interest to show the evolution through history of the tools of the farming trade.

“The especially created Power of the Horse to Horse Power demonstration will, I’m sure, be popular with our many visitors to the show.”      

David Lawless will be bringing his Shire Horses to the show. He said: “I’m very excited and proud to have been invited to parade our magnificent heavy horses drawing some rarely seen implements at this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show.

“Our country’s strength and infrastructure has been born on the back of horsepower and as time goes on sight of this is getting lost, displays such as this gives us opportunity to to provide a glimpse of our rich heritage, a chance to reminisce, educate and preserve our past.”

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