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Beef South West press release: Specialist one day event returns on November 13

15 October 2014

FOLLOWING on from its successful inaugural event two years ago at Westpoint, Exeter, Beef South West yet again delivers the opener for the region’s primestock winter showing season. On Thursday November 13th this specialist one-day event, o...

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Car parks upgraded at Devon County Show

07 October 2014

A major upgrade to the car parks at the Devon County Show is under way, following the situation at this year’s show, when heavy rain made the car parks unusable, so forcing the cancellation of the third day. The work is being led and co-ord...

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Devon County Council press release: Growing success of Farm Wise brings schoolchildren flocking back to event

05 October 2014

Based on the enormous success of last years ‘Farm wise’, Devon County Council farm tenants and primary school children will once again come together for an event designed to take children on the food journey from field to plate. &nbsp...

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Devon’s world champion wool handler competes at county’s lamb shearing & dog trials event

13 August 2014

The reigning world champion wool handler, Devon-based Hilary Bond, narrowly lost out on picking up another title at the Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing competitions which took place last Sunday (August 10).   Hilary, a working farme...

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Devon County Show’s summer lamb shearing & dog trials event

04 August 2014

Top UK competitors will be taking part in Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing and Dog Trials Event on Sunday (August 10) at Sidbury, near Sidmouth.   Show Secretary Ollie Allen said everyone was welcome to come along and watch the actio...

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Devon County Show offers partial refunds to trade stand holders

04 June 2014

The Devon County Show is offering trade stand holders a 25 per cent refund on their stand fees after it was forced to abandon the third day.   Letters are going out this week and offer traders the choice of either applying for a refund or m...

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The DCAA offers full refunds for purchased unused Saturday Show tickets

27 May 2014

The Devon County Show is offering a full refund to everyone who bought tickets in advance but was unable to use them on Saturday, May 24.   The decision was made at a Board of Management meeting of the Devon County Agricultural Association ...

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Heartbreaking decision

23 May 2014

Statement from Devon County Show Secretary Ollie Allen at 4.30pm on Friday, May 23. Heartbreaking decision   We are very sorry to have to announce that for the first time in our history that we have been forced to cancel the third day of t...

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Youth to the fore in Devon Farm Business Awards

22 May 2014

Representatives from all aspects of Devon’s huge farming industry came together at the Devon County Showground at Westpoint last night, for the presentation of the first Devon Farm Business Awards in what was a celebration of farming excelle...

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Barny the cider-maker just keeps on winning!

22 May 2014

Barny Butterfield, a cider-maker and farmer from Sandford near Crediton has been named “champion of champions” among innovative Devon farmers, in the annual John Neason awards, organised by the Devon County Agricultural Association (DC...

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Farming – it’s in the genes!

20 May 2014

Matt Darke is bright, hard-working and ambitious and could have picked any number of career-paths. But he has chosen to be the fourth generation of his family to work on their South Devon farm near Kingsbridge. “Ever since I can remember, ...

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Free superfast wifi at the Devon County Show

16 May 2014

Visitors at this year’s Devon County Show on May 22-24 at Westpoint, Exeter will be able to enjoy free, superfast wifi wherever they are on the showground thanks to a major investment in the facility.   Devon County Agricultural Assoc...

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Loving local crafts at the Devon County Show

14 May 2014

Local craftspeople are getting a higher profile at this year’s Devon County Show next week (May 22-24) at Westpoint, Exeter, thanks to a new policy of promoting local artisans.   Devon craft champions Love-Local.com are teaming up wit...

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Vets are an essential part of the Show team

12 May 2014

Among the ‘back room boys and girls’ of the Devon County Show held on May 22-24 at Westpoint, Exeter are the vets. Clare Smith BVSc MRCVS. from Wolfgar Veterinary Group at Cheriton Bishop is the main Duty Veterinary Surgeon. Througho...

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Vibrant economy in Devon countryside

09 May 2014

Confidence in the future of Devon farming seems to be running higher this Spring than for several years, and nowhere will that be more evident than at this year’s Devon County Show on May 22-24 at the Westpoint showground, Exeter   &l...

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Work has started to build the 119th Devon County Show

09 May 2014

It all starts with a 100m tape, paper plan, old roadside boards cut up into 8” squares, bags of 6” nails, a hammer, marker pen, two energetic men and the passion and determination of the many volunteers who are involved with putting on...

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Buy local food & drink with Devon County Show’s on-line directory

07 May 2014

More local food and drink businesses than ever before are featured in an on-line directory run by the Devon County Show.   The directory features local producers, from the smallest artisan food producer to the largest dairy and estate, and ...

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Newton St Cyres community health scheme wins Prince of Wales accolade

06 May 2014

Newton St Cyres community health scheme wins Prince of Wales accolade A project which brings local people together to tackle isolation, loneliness and ill health in rural communities has won this year’s Prince of Wales Award, which will be ...

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Devon County Show unveils this year’s line-up

24 April 2014

 Youth and opportunity in the Devon countryside, a spectacular line-up of top entertainment, and a celebration of 25 years at Westpoint showground will make the 119th Devon County Show on May 22-24 the county’s biggest day out of the ye...

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25 facts to celebrate 25 years at Westpoint

23 April 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association, organisers of the Devon County Show, the county’s largest annual event, is gearing up for a double celebration this year.    2014 heralds the 119th County Show held on May 22-24 and it i...

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Farming focus

23 April 2014

The Devon County Show’s reputation as one of the foremost agricultural shows in the country - as well, of course, as being the most magnificent celebration of all things rural in Devon - having been firmly re-established, the farming focus a...

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The Duke of Kent to visit Devon County Show

15 April 2014

The Duke of Kent is to attend the Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter on Friday, May 23.   It will be The Duke’s first visit to the county’s largest annual event where he will be accompanied by Show President Sir Eric Dancer,...

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The Duchess of Cornwall accepts Honorary Life Vice-Presidency

07 April 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which stages the Devon County Show, is delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted a DCAA Honorary Life Vice-Presidency.   John Lee OBE, Chairman of Council of the DC...

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Devon County Show launches new website for mobiles

20 March 2014

The Devon County Show today rolled out a brand new mobile website designed to be used on all smartphones and small tablet devices. The new site, available to view at the usual web address -www.devoncountyshow.co.uk – helps visitors using ha...

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Celebrations are the order of the day for this year’s Devon County Show

11 March 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association, organisers of the Devon County Show, the county’s largest annual event, is gearing up for a double celebration this year.    2014 will be the 119th County Show, an annual celebration of ...

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Long Service Awards

12 February 2014

Devon farmers and landowners are asked to nominate their staff for a Devon County Show Long Service Award.  Any employee who has completed at least 30 years’ service in agriculture, horticulture or forestry in the county with the same ...

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£1000 prize on offer from Devon County Show for ‘green’ community projects

11 February 2014

Is your Devonshire town or village doing something collectively to improve the quality of life or reduce the strain on finite resources?   A vegetable growing co-operative, for example, or a community shop; or has a group of locals taken ove...

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Show highlights diversification that lasts with 2014 John Neason award

10 February 2014

As the Devon County Show prepares to celebrate 25 years at its Westpoint showground, the organisers are giving one of its three prestigious awards schemes a new twist.   Past winners and runners-up in the John Neason award for farm diversifi...

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Sir Eric Dancer is the Devon County Agricultural Association’s new President

28 January 2014

Sir Eric Dancer, KCVO, CBE, JP, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, has been appointed President of the Devon County Agricultural Association, whose flagship event is the Devon County Show (May 22-24). He succeeds the Hon. George Lopes DL. Sir Eric was...

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New awards scheme to highlight cream of Devon farming

04 December 2013

The search is on for the best and most inspiring farmers in Devon, as the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) joins forces with leading farming charity, the Addington Fund and award-winning South West lawyers Stephens Scown LLP, to launch...

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Ollie elected ASAO Chairman

08 November 2013

One of West Country farming’s best known personalities, Ollie Allen, organiser of the Devon County Show, takes over this weekend as Chairman of a national organisation, the Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO). Ollie h...

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