Cameron's visit was a 'coup' says show boss
The president of the North Devon Show described the Prime Minister's surprise arrival at the event as a coup for North Devon.
Mike Wright said having the PM up close and personal was an event local farmers are unlikely to see again in their lives.
He also paid tribute to the "amazing" army of stewards and other volunteers whom he said made the show possible.
"Without them it wouldn't happen," said Mr Wright, who breeds Devon cattle at Stoke Rivers on the fringe of Exmoor.
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"A one-day show is all about the volunteers. If we had to pay wages to all the staff involved the show wouldn't take off.
"It amazes me how many stewards and volunteers turn up. Thanks to them the show went well.
"It's the only farming event of its size in North Devon and they all want to be involved.
"They give up being on their farms for the day, and they see all their mates whom they might not see if they didn't come to the show."
Mr Wright and the show secretary, Pat Sennett, were the escorts for Prime Minister David Cameron and his Agriculture Secretary, Owen Paterson, on a fast-moving tour of the showground, including the livestock, where Mr Cameron spent most time at the beef cattle lines and with the Jacob sheep.
His mother used to keep the Jacobs, so he had fair knowledge with which to converse with judge Bridget Wilson, and with the exhibitors including 11-year-old James Barlow of Emmett's Grange, Simonsbath.
"I just met the Prime Minister, did you see me?" James called to colleagues after Mr Cameron left the lines. "He was asking me what's in a sheep and what to look for in a good one.
"I told him I'd had first and second prizes."
Mike Wright had just a day's notice of the Prime Minister's visit.
"I knew beforehand about the Secretary of State but only the morning before about Mr Cameron.
"As far as they were concerned it went brilliantly.
"It was a real coup for North Devon. Farmers aren't likely to see them that close many times in their life."