The Countess of Wessex has agreed to take up a top role in the Devon County Agricultural Association, (DCAA). The Countess, who is said to be ‘passionate and committed’ to farming and food production, will become President Elect this year and President in 2017.
Mary Quicke, MBE, chairman of the Council of the Devon County Agricultural Association said: “I’m thrilled and inspired that The Countess of Wessex has chosen to become the President Elect of the Devon County Show this year.”
She emphasised the Sophie’s dedication to this cause.
“Her Royal Highness (HRH) is passionate and committed to farming and food production, and it is wonderful to have her support.”
The DCAA was formed in 1872 to develop the rural economy of County Devon through agricultural development. The main event held by this association is the Devon County Show. Held every third week in May at Westpoint near Exeter, the show highlights, “local agriculture, horticulture, food and drink, rural crafts and forestry.”
The six show rings feature general entertainment, the Devon ‘Eye’ a ferris Wheel; livestock and dog competitions, equestrian classes, gardening, food and drink and other events related to country living. There are events for children at the three-day event as well. Attendees can purchase items produced by local craftspeople.
To generate income for the remaining eleven months of the year, the association’s subsidiary company, Westpoint Centre Ltd. through DCAA buildings and land through renting space out for conferences and events.
The Queen’s Daughter in law is a huge supporter of agricultural shows. She serves as patron for the Association of Show and Agricultural Associations.
She isn’t the only Royal passionate about farming, agriculture and food production. The Prince of Wales is patron of the Devon County Show with the Duchess of Cornwall serving as president of the same association in 2008.