Thousands pack Axe Vale Festival
Photo gallery. After a nervous start the sunshine brings out the crowds for the two day show.
THOUSANDS of visitors ensured the 17th Axe Vale Festival was another big success over the weekend.
After a cool start, welcome sunshine brought out the crowds, attracting people from across the south west to the two-day event.
This year, for the first time, Axe Valley Community Choir delighted people with their singing and main ring attractions included the B and K Terrier Racing Team, Allan Gates Falconry, along with a wide variety of rural demonstrations, while “One Night Stand” kept the toes tapping.
Organisers agreed the marquees were up to their usual standard and there were plenty of high quality goods to see and purchase.
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The colourful displays in the floral marquee were especially appreciated while Tony Benger joined forces with Burrow Farm Gardens to celebrate 25 years in the landscaping business with an outside show.
Award winners were:
- 1 Who can get a Covid booster jab and how can I book one?
- 2 Old Webster's site car park to be re-opened and run by council
- 3 Hippos beaten by a penalty at Okehampton
- 4 New exhibition for well known local ceramicist
- 5 Property of the Week: Sidmouth Road, Rousdon
- 6 Premier League contract for local footballer
- 7 How Devon are you? Take our quiz
- 8 Council lobbies Government on behalf of young people
- 9 Village youngsters excited by opening of new pump track
- 10 Colyton cyclist at age 82 rides the Gridiron 100 for Parkinson's UK
Large gold: Abbey Nursery, Mandy Plants, Carside Cacti, Millwood Plants, Chrysanthemum’s Direct.
Gold: Alpine Garden Society, Pocock Roses, South West Carnivorous Plants, Tale Valley Nursery, Woodman Cote Nurseries, Barracott Plants.
Silver gilt: Kerton Sweet Peas, Just Air Plants, Dulford Nurseries, Wessex Nursery, The Hardy Plant Society.
Silver: Dulford Nursery, Coldharbour Nursery, Floyds Climbers and Clematis, Southcombe Gardens Plant Nursery.
Bronze: Pounsley Plants.
Floral Marquee Best in show: Chrysanthemums Direct.
David Swarbrick Rose Bowl for best trade exhibitor: Westcrete/Tonyparfoot Landscaping . Highly commended: Axminster Allotment Association
Chairman’s Cup for outside trade stands, nurseries and plantsman: Tony Benger Landscaping Ltd. Highly commended: Tadnoll Plants.
Craft Cup: Art from the Fire. Highly commended: East Devon Alpacas.
Keith Berry Plate, food hall: Fine Country Lifestyle. Highly commended: Devon Honey Company.
McKinlays Trophy for best outside demonstrator: Mark Jones. Highly commended: Kris Palsons, Farrier.
Antiques and Collectables: The Most Desirable Table - Rustics. Most unusual Item of Past History: John Dickinson.