Farming will definitely be in the spotlight at this year’s Honiton Agricultural Show.
Taking place at the showground on Thursday, August 1, the event is a traditional day out for not just farmers but the entire local community. However, the emphasis has always been on agriculture, farming and rural crafts.
The 129th show, organised by Honiton and District Agricultural Association, will take place on a 140 acre site and is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.
Main Ring attractions will include Jamie Squibb and his freestyle motocross arena stunt show as well as The Devil’s Horsemen, a stunt and trick riding team.
Providing entertainment for the little ones will be Professor Twistopher’s Punch and Judy. Donkey rides will also be on offer.
For the second year, the show will stage a home baking and preserves competition and it will include classes for under-11s.
The Crash Box and Classic Car Club is expected to have 20 vintage and classic vehicles on display.
Also in attendance will be The Rare Breed Survival Trust, which supports breeders and enthusiasts of rare and native breeds in Devon.
Organisers say the one-day show, one of the biggest of its kind in the country, benefits from “a unique atmosphere”, blending the traditional and new.
While the emphasis is always on agriculture, there is plenty for everyone.
As well as visiting attractions, this year’s programme will include farming, produce, rural skills and crafts.
Once again, the annual event will host the West of England Hound Show – the second largest in the country. It is expected to bring in packs from all over the British Isles.
At least 1,000 livestock entries are anticipated, along with more than 400 trade exhibitors.
Honiton Agricultural Show will take place from 8am to 6pm. Livestock judging will start at 9am.
Advance tickets cost £14.50 for adults. All accompanied children under 16 can enjoy the show for free.
Adult tickets bought on the day will cost £17.
There will be free parking at the site and a free shuttle bus will run from 9am. It will pick up from Lace Walk in the High Street.