Thousands attend Axe Vale Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:04 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:02 01 July 2016

Relaxing at the Axe Vale Show. Ref mha 26-16TI 2901. Picture: Terry Ife

Relaxing at the Axe Vale Show. Ref mha 26-16TI 2901. Picture: Terry Ife

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Crowds flock to the Axminster showground which avoids the worst of the rain

Monica and Derek Walton with their Azora shrub they bought at the Axe Vale Show. Ref mha 26-16TI 2886. Picture: Terry IfeMonica and Derek Walton with their Azora shrub they bought at the Axe Vale Show. Ref mha 26-16TI 2886. Picture: Terry Ife

Thousands packed the Axminster Showground at the weekend to enjoy another action-packed Axe Vale Festival - many agreeing it was amongst the best in recent years.

The opening Saturday morning was one of the busiest ever, and although some rain came later in the day, the event escaped the torrential downpours reported in the local area.

A relieved chairman Tony Benger said: “We were lucky. Just a couple of miles away they had an inch-and-a-half of rain.”

He said that the main ring attractions were a big hit with the spectators, many remarking on how much better the entertainment was this year.

“The organising team is very happy. We had lots of very favourable comments,” he said.

Final numbers are not yet known but Mr Benger said he expected the total to be around the same as last year.

Money raised goes to the self-funding Flamingo Pool and other local worthy causes.

Main ring attractions included Adrenaline Tour, Rockwood Dogs and Adam’s Axemen.

Adrenaline Tour performed a thrilling show of quad and motorcycle stunt riding, starring Jason Smyth.

Rockwood Dogs amazed the audience with their courage, agility, comedy routines and tricks.

And Adam’s Axemen showed off their amazing forestry expertise.

Live music at the bandstand featured talented local acts and visitors were able to watch demonstrators showcasing their practical and creative skills on the showground throughout the weekend.


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