Following this year's event, Graham Tucker, president of Launceston Show 2023, has taken the time to look back on his time as president and the success of this year's show.

"In the Autumn of 2021 I was approached if Daphne and I would like to accept the position of President for the year 2023 

"At the AGM I was elected as vice president to Derek Broad, a difficult act to follow.

"Having missed two shows due to covid, the attendance last year broke all records.

"My year of office started in October, we appointed a new secretary Sharon Horsington, and she has worked tirelessly to stage the show.  This is such a big job, getting sponsors, trade stand, catering, entertainment, marquees and so much more.

"This years entries for horses, cattle and sheep went online for the first time but this made more work for Sharon to set it up and get it running.

"The show is grateful for its voluntary stewards, approx 70 in the various sections, a large number attended a health and safety briefing, two weeks before the show, which is another large part of the show.

"The catalogue had gone to the printers , it was all systems go to get the rings erected  for the cattle lines, and sheep pens in straight lines.  Spaces for the trade stands allocated.

"Family and friends helped to decorate the members marquee on the Wednesday.

"On the day before the show it was our privilege to judge the overall best adult and child exhibit in the Creative Community tent.

"Robert and Hilary Tucker (chairman and his wife) decided that the dress code for the show was wellington boots.

The morning of the show we met with Robert and Hilary for breakfast courtesy of A.T.C Advisors, Folk2Folk and Coodes, Solicitors.

"We then went on a tour of the showground with the horse section, with  extra entries this year through the hard work of senior steward Zoe Gwennap.

"We then saw some cattle judging and the cattle young handlers before moving onto the sheep section, again with record numbers, (484 sheep). Also 45 sheep young handlers.

"I was pleased to see the Devon and Cornwall Longwools were very well represented with 55 entries from 11 exhibitors.

"A visit to the theatre tent where various groups were preforming including Launceston Male Voice Choir and was able to join them for two pieces.

"We then went onto visit some of the 101 outside trade stands and the 49 in the food and small businesses marqueeBefore lunch the Launceston Male Voice choir formed a garden of honour outside the members marquee ( which was a complete surprise to me) and sung to us.

"Lunch was enjoyed with the company of the Mayor and her consort, family, friends and the Bishop of Truro, who had earlier conducted a short service in the Churches Together marquee.

"After lunch Daphne judged the Costume Concourse D’Elegance  (a new class to Launceston Show this year), before the horse championship and main parade.

"It was our pleasure to present the trophies to the horse winners,  Overall Champion went to Mr and Mrs T Burley, riden by Lizzie Luxton.

"Overall beef champion went to the Thomas Family with their South Devon Bull.

"Overall dairy champion was a Jersey cow from the Renfree Family, and the sheep champion was won by Thomas Nancekivell from Kilkampton.

"There was one long service award presented to Simon Bolt of Stenlakes Engineering for 41 years service.

"It was then our pleasure to present prizes in the Creative Community tent.

"Our thanks go to the organisers,  volunteers, and exhibitors who work so hard to put the show together and make such a memorable and enjoyable day for us.

"We now look forward to next year and wish Mike and Carolyn King an equally successful show."