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HONITON:Farming families comes together at Honiton show

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

ORGANISERS of the ever-popular Honiton Show have toasted another successful year showcasing the best of the South West’s agricultural community. The show, now in its 124th year, attracted around 20,000 visitors to Honiton on Thursday for a celebration of the area’s farming family. And show bosses have praised the efforts of the community in supporting the event, now held in high regard among the country’s biggest and best one-day shows. Speaking ahead of the day, show president John-Michael Kennaway said: “The very nature of the show is of community involvement, by a myriad of volunteers, for the wider community. “The tireless unseen work throughout the year, let alone around showtime, is gargantuan. “As president I extend a massive thank you to everyone involved in the success and continuation of our rural heritage.” Hundreds of traders lined the showground with stalls, and exhibitors from around the region displayed their stock across a variety of classes. Main ring attractions ranged from vintage tractors and sheepdog displays, to motorcycle stunts and a tug of war. And when asked to explain the event’s ongoing appeal, show secretary Marcelle Connor said it continued to attract a wide audience by providing “something for everyone”. She added: “Honiton Show is a truly agricultural show. The whole of East Devon is involved and the event is well supported locally and further afield. “The show has developed over the years, bringing together the best of both traditional and new agriculture. “And yet again the trade stands are full this year with thousands attending as exhibitors or visitors. “We have had a string of superb attractions at this year’s show, and with the 125th anniversary on the horizon, we have some special celebrations already lined up for next year.”

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