The Devon County Agricultural Association staged its first ever Devon County Show in May in 1872 at Victoria Park, Exeter. Despite a torrential downpour, which almost washed the President’s luncheon guests out of his marquee, that first show was a great success.
The Devon County Show 2020 marks the 125th in the Show’s history.
To celebrate this milestone, as well as the Women’s Institute’s 100th anniversary and the Exeter Knutty Knitters 10th anniversary, the Show organisers are planning an ambitious Guinness World Record attempt - to beat the Longest Knitted Bunting World Record.
This year local charity Hospiscare has been chosen as Devon County Show’s Charity of the Year (16-18 May). If you’re visiting the show, pop along to Avenue F to have a chat with the experts about the questions that really matter to you.
Hospiscare want to open up the conversation about death. You only die once, so how do you do that well? If you start having conversations early on about what matters to you, then the chances are you probably can.
Some visitors of Devon County Show may be arriving by tractor, horse or traction engine over the next few days, but could soon be driving around in a brand new sporty Kia car. Local charity Living Options Devon has teamed up with Marsh Kia to give people the chance to win a brand new Kia Stonic. The Kia Stonic will be on site every day at the Kia stand at Devon County Show, everyone who purchases a £2 raffle ticket will be entered into the draw.
Devon’s Queen of Craft Kirstie Allsopp is looking forward to a showstopping craft line-up at Devon County Show at Westpoint next week.
Kirstie - presenter of the series Kirstie’s Homemade Home, which tracked the restoration of her home in north Devon - is to visit the show on Saturday 18th where she’ll be joining visitors in a cornucopia of crafting activities including making birdboxes and fashioning woodland animals from leaves.
A musical score, written by Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber, is to make its debut at this year’s Devon County Show (16-18 May), in celebration of the Pony Club’s 90th year.
Over 60 Pony Club jockeys and their four-legged friends will take part in a Pageant in the main arena at 4.15pm on Saturday 18th May, the final day of the Devon County Show. It will conclude with a spectacular ride to this piece of music composed exclusively in celebration of the Pony Club’s milestone anniversary by the musical legend himself.
The Devon County Show is one of the biggest events in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day out sampling the many wonders of the local countryside.
From fabulous livestock and fine local food, magnificent flowers and gardens, to rural skills and country pursuits and practically non-stop activity in six rings, there’s something for everyone who loves the Devon way of life.
Come and be part of it, enjoy a breath of fresh air and spoil yourself - why not?!
Full details and tickets: www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
To mark 100 years of the Forestry Commission, this year’s Devon County Show is implementing several initiatives to celebrate this milestone in the Commission’s rich history, including a hunt to find Devon’s best loved tree.