Princess Anne will be spending the day in Devon on Thursday 21st May as she attends the opening day of the Devon County Show. The Princess Royal’s visit to the show will be the first at its current home at Westpoint in Exeter, she visited the County Show in 1985 at its former showground at Whipton.
Upon her arrival to the Devon County Show, Princess Anne will be greeted by David Parish, President of the Devon County Agricultural Association, who will also accompany her around the agricultural
extravaganza. Mr Parish commented on the upcoming royal visit, “Her Royal Highness is a great champion for farming and rural issues just as the Devon County Show is also a terrific showcase for farming and rural life.”
This years event, which takes place from May 21st-23rd, is the 120th Devon County Show and is the first major agricultural event of the year in the South-West. More than 95,000 visitors are expected at this years event, highlights of which include the Motocross stunt team, the Bolddog Lings and Farm Wise Devon, a huge new interactive feature especially for children. There will also be the usual prize-winning livestock, delicious local food and drink, west country crafts and six packed show rings.
Show secretary, Ollie Allen, spoke of the upcoming show, “The people and businesses of Devon are so supportive of their county show in a way that is totally remarkable. Bringing town and country together is what we do. There are more agricultural trade stands than ever before, the food and drink pavilion has been extended to accommodate more artisan food producers and our livestock competitions continue to grow.”
As well as Princess Anne’s visit, the show organisers have also invited the new Secretary of State for DEFRA, the identity of whom wont be known until after the 2015 General Election on Thursday May 7th.
Other attractions this year include floral and garden displays and demonstrations as well as historic steam engines and vintage vehicles.
Mrs Allen concluded, “We are above all a celebration of all things Devonian- a great big party for all the people of Devon which, this year, will be just a little bit more special for all of us.”
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