150th year of show proves 'astounding success' after three year gap

The committee for the 150th Helston Fatstock Show with, inset, a cheque presentation to St Petrocs with Don Cowell, Alison Grose (secretary), Lady St Leven (2022 show president), Henry Meacock (CEO of St Petrocs), Kevin Roberts (chairman) and Emma <i>(Image: Claire Hosken Photography)</i>
The committee for the 150th Helston Fatstock Show with, inset, a cheque presentation to St Petrocs with Don Cowell, Alison Grose (secretary), Lady St Leven (2022 show president), Henry Meacock (CEO of St Petrocs), Kevin Roberts (chairman) and Emma (Image: Claire Hosken Photography)

The 150th Helston Fatstock Show has been declared an “astounding success” – particularly as it was the first time in three years that it has been held due to Covid.

Livestock exhibitors came from all over Cornwall to compete and show the best of their cattle and sheep.

Running alongside were crops, roots, domestic, handicraft, photography and children’s classes, with good entries throughout.

A craft fair was also held, with 40 stalls selling everything from candles to chutneys, and this was also described as being very successful, with stallholders wanting to book for next year.

Show secretary Alison Grose said: “Special thanks have to go to Bob and Don Cowell and staff, who let us have the use of the sheds at Franchis Farm. Without this we would find it hard to hold the show in the capacity that it is now.

“Also for all the work in preparing for the show, which takes a lot of time and effort to get the sheds cleaned in such a manner for the public to enter.

“Thanks also to the volunteers for making it the show it has become.”

A special presentation was made to Bob and Don Cowell of a montage of photos from the 150th show.

Last week the event’s committee held its after-show meal at Wheal Dream and presented the cheque to the charity chosen by this year’s show president, Lady St Leven.

This was St Petrocs, helping homeless people in Cornwall, and charity CEO Henry Meacock was presented with a cheque for £3,000 at the meal.

The money was raised through an auction and raffle on the day, with Mr Meacock saying the donation will make a vast difference to the charity’s funds, especially this Christmas.

Plans are already in place for next year’s show with work going on behind the scenes.

Anyone is interested in joining the committee can contact Alison Grose, show secretary, via the Facebook page or email helstonfatstockshow@outlook.com