Tickets have gone on sale for the 2021 Devon County Show after ‘overwhelming’ public support for the event to go ahead.
This year’s three-day show, at Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, is due to take place over Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The 2020 show was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Event organisers said more of the show will take place outside this year, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
County show organisers said the outcome of a survey carried out over Easter to gauge public response to holding the event produced ‘utterly overwhelming results’.
Sam Mackenzie Green, Devon County Show manager, said: “It’s a great relief to be able to now plan with confidence for our 125th show and to ensure, after its absence last year, it will be truly one to remember.
“We will, of course, continue to liaise rigorously with East Devon District Council to ensure that the show will operate in line with the Government’s recommendations for staging outdoor events.
“While we are confident of bringing you a fantastic show, the safety of our visitors and show team is absolutely paramount in our planning.
“There will be a number of measures in place to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 but the show will remain the Devon County Show that we know and love with the majority of our regular features going ahead as usual.
“More of the show will be staged outdoors this year including food and drink and crafts and gardens.
“Food outlets will be dispersed around the showground, rather than concentrated in one place, to enable more space for socially distanced queuing and seating.”
The government has given the green light to agricultural shows going ahead during 2021.