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Held at Bristol for the second time, the first being in 1842.
Run by the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
"The second visit to Bristol was in l878 and was highly successful, the attendance being 122,000. On that occasion the Society renewed its offer of a gold medal, which had been withheld after the trial in the previous year, for an efficient sheaf-binding machine, either attached to a reaper or otherwise. The entries for the compaetition included four wire binders and three which used string. As the result of the trial the gold medal was awarded to Messrs. Waite, Burnell, Huggins and Co, who entered the improved harvesters and binders made by Cyrus H. McCormick, of Chicago, and who had previously exhibited a reaping machine at the Windsor Show in 1851. "