PICTURES: Sunshine makes Okehampton show a success
One of the Westcountry’s oldest agricultural shows enjoyed a bumper turnout yesterday when crowds flocked to celebrate a rural tradition dating back more than 120 years.
The Okehampton Show welcomed thousands through the gates and although the takings have not yet been calculated organisers were confidently expecting to make more than the £102 which the 1891 show brought in.
Show secretary Claire Woodward said it had gone really well. “We have had a fantastic day,” she said.
“The sun has been shining and everything has been beautiful. The atmosphere is great and everyone here seems to be very happy and relaxed.”
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There had been concern that heavy rain in the last few weeks could waterlog the event and force its cancellation.
Fortunately, the summer’s heatwave had baked the ground hard enough to withstand the downpours and the show was declared all systems go.
The show, which has run every year apart from during the two World Wars, the foot- and-mouth outbreak and due to occasions of atrocious weather, attracted a healthy number of entries across the livestock classes.
“We have had new breeds in the pigs section and the open section has been very popular,” said Mrs Woodward.
Meanwhile away from the competition, events in the main ring kept the crowds amused with a parade of hounds, carriage driving and a terrier racing contest among the draws.
Mrs Woodward said the vintage vehicle exhibition attracted an impressive 160 machines of all shapes and sizes to the Stoney Park Showground.
“It all made for a great grand parade,” she said.
Mrs Woodward added that she wanted to send out a vote of thanks to the volunteers and stewards who gave up their time to make the show happen.
“Without people coming in days early to get the showground ready and then working on the day, this event really wouldn’t be possible,” she said.