Looking ahead to the Honiton Show

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 July 2018

Scenes from Honiton Show. Ref mhh 31 17TI 8523. Picture: Terry Ife

Scenes from Honiton Show. Ref mhh 31 17TI 8523. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Honiton Show returns to the showground on Thursday, August 2

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It’s one of the town’s biggest events - Honiton Show is back for another year!

The popular event will be held on Thursday, August 2, at Honiton Showground, and is the 128th event put on by the Honiton and District Agricultural Association, with the first one taking place in 1890.

The main ring will be buzzing with activity, featuring fantastic acts such as Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motocross Team, Honda’s official and the UK’s number one motorcycle display Team.

The Sheep Show is back with its humorous show all about sheep - showcasing sheep shearing and its dancing sheep.

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Visitors can also meet Sheridan the Sheepdog and Pumpkin the Pony. An enchanting and magical duo, Sheridan rides his remotely controlled tricycle and stops to chat to amazed children.

Another exciting attraction is making a flying visit to Honiton – two exhilarating aerobatic displays performed by Viper Aerobatics, flying a Pitts aeroplane.

The Quack Pack will also provide an entertaining duck herding demonstration with border collies and comical Indian runner ducks.

This year’s show welcomes the Little Nippers Terrier Racing Display Team, a fast and fun demonstration with a comical commentary by Phill Gibbons.

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Spectators will also get the chance to have a go with their own pooches.

The lower field incorporates all that is countryside with hurdle making, ferret racing, a blacksmiths guild, 100 vintage tractors on display, the West of England Hound Show and the BHBA Marquee - showcasing the fantastic businesses within the Blackdown Hills and surrounding market towns and villages.

There will also be a Dog Show, comprising both pedigree and fun classes for the pet pooch.

If chickens are your interest, the show is putting on a poultry show and sale.

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There will be entertainment in abundance for children, thanks to Professor Twistopher’s Punch and Judy, and donkey rides .

New for 2018 is the Honiton Show Home Baking and Preserves Competition, where participants are invited to make a ‘Honiton showstopper or a cake for the president of the show.’

Classes for the under 11s will also be held.

A spokesman for the Honiton Show said: “We are also delighted to introduce another wonderful attraction to Honiton in 2018 - vintage and classic cars!

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“We are proud to host the Crash Box and Classic Car Club, where in the region of 20 will be on display.

“We are extremely pleased that the ABVA Club from Brittany will be paying a visit as part of their La Solexine Rally, riding ‘Velo-Solex bicycles with a very small engine driving the front wheel.

“They were invented in France at the end of the World War Two and became the epitome of cheap French transport for decades.

“They are hilarious machines and will be doing a quick spin around the main ring!”

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The Blackdown Hills Business Association will once again be hosting its infamous Blackdown Hills Marquee, sponsored by Gigaclear.

This year, the marquee will host a vibrant array of local exhibitors to include food and drink producers, artisans, specialist nurseries, talented musicians and professional businesses, giving guests experience of all the talent that is present in the Blackdown Hills.

New for 2018, it is introducing a stage area at the front of the marquee where exhibitors and organisations from within the Blackdown Hills will have the opportunity to speak in more detail about what they do, the products they offer or how people can get involved in an informal setting.

With talks currently confirmed on how to restore furniture, business support schemes currently available and how Southdown Duvets are produced, there will be an extensive range of informative and entertaining presentations throughout the day that can be enjoyed from the show’s Haybale Theatre.

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The spokesman added: “We will have a food hall bursting with local produce and food courts to tickle every taste bud, as well as more than 400 trade stands – shopping and interest for all.

“The great news is we are holding our admission charges for 2018 so advance tickets are just £14.50 for a whole day of entertainment.

“For further details on the show or details on becoming a member of the Association, please contact the secretary on 01404 41794 or follow us on twitter: @honitonshow1890.”

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