Thousands visit Axe Vale Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:05 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

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ALMOST 15,000 people turned out for the Axe Vale Festival over the weekend, which attracted a record number of 400 exhibitors.

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ALMOST 15,000 people turned out for the Axe Vale Festival over the weekend, which attracted a record number of 400 exhibitors.

Highlights included The Hawkeye Falconry, Devon Dogs Display Team and live music by Steve Black and Friends, Arcadia Jazz and the Lympstone Band.

The floral marquee displayed prize- winning blooms and a special attraction, Spirit of the Community, by Axminster Chamber of Commerce showed what Axminster has to offer.

Festival chairman Ron Cross said: "It was a very good show and we had positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors, who said it was a friendly and professional show."

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Results

Floral awards. Large Gold: Pocock Roses - Millwood Plants; Marina Orchids - Kerton Sweet Peas; Burrow Farm Gardens - South West Carnivorous Plants.

Gold: Beggars Roost Plants - Cold Harbour Nursery; Hardy Plant Society - Pernard Plants; Garside Cacti- Tale Valley Nursery.

Silver: Barracott Plants - Dulford Nurseries; Alpine Garden Society - Floyds Climbers and Clematis.

Silver Gilt: Wessex Nurseries - The Abbey Nursery; Southcombe Gardens - Fuchsiavale Nurseries;

Ato Saki Bonsai.

Bronze: Poundsley Plants.

Floral Marquee Best in Show - Chrysanthemums Direct.

David Swarbrick Rose Bowl (Best Trade Exhibitor) - Axminster Allotment and Leisure Gardeners.

Highly Commended: Westcrete.

Chairman's Cup (Outside Trade Stands Nurseries and Plantsman): Sunray Plants.

Highly Commended: Jan Tillet.

Keith Berry Plate (Food Hall):

The Old Watch House.

Highly Commended: Wyld Meadow Farm.

McKinlays Trophy (Outside Demonstrator): Wessex Walker.

Highly Commended: Exeter Woodcarvers.

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