Honiton Show 2008

PUBLISHED: 12:56 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

The 118th Honiton Agricultural Show takes place on Thursday, August 7. The horse and livestock entries have again reached a record high.

The 118th Honiton Agricultural Show takes place on Thursday, August 7. The horse and livestock entries have again reached a record high.

This is fantastic news, particularly for the livestock with the restrictions that have been imposed in areas of the country and we just hope that the zones remain as they are to enable the exhibits to travel to the show. The day commences with the Junior Calf classes, where children proudly show their stock. This gives the youngsters, our next generation of farmers, a brilliant education. At 3.00pm the day's livestock winners will be proudly paraded in the magnificent spectacle the Grand Parade. Honiton Show introduces increasingly popular Alpaca classes for the first time this year and organisers are sure that these wonderful animals will add a new and exciting dimension in the livestock sections. The showground provides an excellent vantage point to view all the different breeds and the competitive Young Farmers' classes, culminating in the spirited Tug of War final. The vintage tractors and machinery classes have received entries in excess of ninety vehicles, providing a brilliant display and a welcome trip down memory lane.

Again Honiton plays host to the West of England Hound Show, a show within a show, which attracts entries countrywide from all the different hound packs from as far afield as Carmarthenshire and North Norfolk and this year will see a new and well supported ring for local Hound Packs. The Countryside and Rural Skills areas are always extremely popular and once again experts are on hand to discuss field sports, fishing and countryside management. View the traditional skills from hurdle making to dry stone walling. There are classes in abundance with the ever popular companion dog show, ranging from pedigree to novelty, including a class for the longest legs and the best veteran.

With over 400 trade stands, Members Mall, Craft Tent and a Food Hall, bursting with locally sourced West Country produce, and an exciting addition this year is the Blackdown Hills Food Court manned by Wallaces Farm with products ranging from venison to wild boar burgers, the show is a fantastic day out for all. There is a hive of activity in the main ring throughout the day with the attractions provided by Jason Smyth's Adrenaline Tour with Exminster-based ex-world championship moto-cross rider Jason performing breath taking stunts and tricks on his quad and motorbikes. His daredevil stunts have to be seen to be believed. A full military marching band, The Salamanca Band and Bugles of the Rifles, are in attendance, culminating with them performing the closing ceremony at 6.00pm. The scurry ponies will once again make an appearance, and have all the spectators on the edge of their seats, as they race against each other to achieve the fastest times. Come along to the main ring and cheer on your favourites; the louder the cheer the faster they will go. We provide a show with a unique atmosphere with something for all the family and a truly rural treat, bringing traditional and new agriculture together. Make a note in your diary; the organisers look forward to welcoming you to the Honiton Show. Gates open at 8.00am. Free car parking and children under five free entrance. Take advantage of the advance sale tickets available at many local outlets in and around Honiton or which can be bought via the website. For further details contact the secretary on (01404) 41794 or visit www.honitonshow.co.uk.

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