Organisers of the 179th Stithians Show voiced their relief after soaring temperatures brought the crowds flooding back following 'inclement' weather for the last three shows.
The weather forecast read 22C with barely a cloud in the sky as visitors flocked to the showground, near Truro, as early as 6am yesterday to avoid queues.
The South West Sweet Pea Championships had 60-plus entries, compared to just three last year, making it the best-attended competition for over 20 years. Horticulture secretary Susan Knight was "tickled pink" at the huge increase.
"This is the best we have had since the show moved to this showground 20 years ago," she said. "The number of exhibitors has doubled and we have had to go up two more stands to cope."
Show secretary Yvonne Toms said: "Last year was worst that I can remember for 15 years. I think it was the worst for everybody and everything.
"I am so relieved. It is extremely busy out there. To see people picknicking and sitting around is wonderful."
The traditional opening march was led by St Stythians Band at 10am. The Stithians flag was hoisted by Reverend Danny Reed, who said: "This is without doubt the best weather we have had in my five years being involved with the show."