Fans of the Devon County Show can expect its return in July 2021 as organisers have announced dates for a summer event.
The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) on Tuesday (November 17) announced the 125th Devon County Show will take place at the Westpoint showground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4, 2021.
Show organisers believe the summer dates will allow for the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the introduction of a public vaccine.
The new summer dates aim to spread the number of visitors across the weekend, allowing for social distancing.
Mary Quicke, DCAA chairman said: ‘We are absolutely committed to holding our Devon County Show in 2021.
“We believe that, by moving the show to early July, it will give more time for the restrictions to have eased, the roll out of a vaccine to take place and life to be getting back to normal.
“We know that our supporters and visitors really missed the county show this year, as we did, and we can’t wait to start planning for our 125th show.”
A Devon County Show spokeswoman said: “The county show takes place on ninety acres of showground allowing plenty of space for social distancing.
“Moving the show from its usual Thursday, Friday, Saturday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday will allow our busy Saturday crowd to be spread over two days.
“We have taken care when choosing our new date to avoid clashing with other shows and events and are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and trade stands, who have carried forward their 2020 bookings to our 2021 show.”
The 2020 May county show was cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown. Hopes of holding the event in August were also dashed as the virus continued to spread and all large-scale public events across the UK were cancelled.