This year's Royal Bath and West Show launches today at a special media event. The four day event near Shepton Mallet starts on 28 May, and will feature the British Cheese Awards and British CIder Championships.
The Royal Bath and West Show celebrates its 150th Show today. It's unique in the South West as it was the only big show to move about before settling in one place in the mid sixties. Its gatherings were held from South Wales to Plymouth.
The first show was back in 1852 but as our Somerset correspondent David Woodland reports, its remit has always been the same - to bring farmers together and to show 'townies' what goes on down on the farm!
The Royal Bath and West Show provides a feast for all the senses, and this 150th year perhaps even more so. Even Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, has been getting in on the act, as Bob Cruwys reports.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome, David Heath, visited the Royal Bath and West Show on Wednesday. Mr Heath is Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Organiser of the Glastonbury Festival judged the cheese making competition at the Royal Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet on Wednesday
Farmers want urgent action as Government statistics reveal the number of herds infected by TB has risen five-fold since 1996.
Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been to a farm in Somerset that was free of the disease until three years ago:
– Chief Constable Nick Gargan, Avon and Somerset Police.
This will be my first experience of the Royal Bath and West show.
Events like this are a fantastic opportunity to meet people in a fun and relaxed environment, helping them to see what we do every day to keep them safe, even if they don't normally have direct contact with us."
– Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner.
I am thoroughly looking forward to attending the Royal Bath and West Show.
Going to events is just one of the ways that I get to meet members of the communities I represent.
I thoroughly enjoy meeting and speaking with residents and the show is a good opportunity for local communities to come and have their say on their policing service."
The Farming Minister David Heath will be at the Royal Bath and West Show, which starts today.
He'll discuss issues like TB and the forthcoming badger cull with farmers. A cull could start as early as Saturday in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Other concerns for agriculture include the Schmallenberg virus and the future of the industry.
Mr Heath will also visit the Orchards and Cider Pavilion.
Bovine TB and a difficult year for farming will be among the discussions at the Royal Bath and West Show later.
It's one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the event in Shepton Mallet.
This year is the 150th show and runs until Saturday.