The Devon County Agricultural Association has today confirmed that Devon County Show 2023 welcomed in excess of 96 thousand attendees across its three show days - one of the highest attendance figures in the Show’s 151-year history.
The Show, which coincided with a spell of warm weather after a long period of rain, reverted to its May dates for the first time in three years, positioning it back as the first County show to take place in South West England on the agricultural show calendar.
A must-visit event for Devon, the Show offered a huge variety of attractions.
From daily events in the Main Arena to interacting with over 2,000 animals, enjoying food at the biggest food fair in Devon, exploring crafts and gardens, experiencing educational farming activities, witnessing horse and pony showcases, admiring vintage tractors and steam engines, learning about beekeeping, indulging in craft beers and ciders, and enjoying captivating fur and feather displays, there was something for everyone at this year’s show.
There was also impressive dog show with over 600 dogs and various breeds competing for a chance to qualify for Crufts.
Chris Skelton, CEO of the Devon County Agricultural Association said: ‘This is excellent news for the Association as well as the future of Devon County Show. It means we can successfully continue to fulfil and develop our charitable commitments to the Devon agricultural community as well as ensure we come from a strong position to deliver another full-scale event in 2024.’
Chris added: ‘The 2023 Show owes much of its success to Acting Show Manager Lisa Moore, who stepped up in January after 20 years as the Show’s Features Coordinator. The feedback from all who were on site - whether stewards, exhibitors or public was exceptional - this was an expertly orchestrated event that delivered precisely the right balance of agriculture, features and attractions to the benefit of all who attended.
‘Lisa has rightly been appointed as Show Manager following the success of the show this year and we are delighted she has agreed to accept the position.’
Next year’s show dates have been confirmed as May 16, 17, and 18 May. Detailed plans for the event will be announced early in the new year.