Arrangements for Devon County Show 2018


Devon County Show 17-19th May 2018

Entries for the show will be opening soon, so a reminder and update on our facilities and note that  entries close on 4th April to meet Devon County printing press timings. We have a limit of 160 entries, dependent on farm numbers and biosecurity requirements.

We will once again have the benefit of the large clear span marquee and covered walkway to the show ring, as we did last year and which proved to be so successful and well liked by all the exhibitors and public alike.  We are likely this year to move the public entrance from the side to the front of the marquee adjacent to the covered walkway. This should improve public visibility of the entrance.

We will be running the same format with judging up to colour championships on Thursday and Friday, followed by the fun performance classes on Saturday morning.  Supreme  championship judging will start straight after Saturday lunch time giving a good few hours afterwards to chat or visit other parts of this large County Show.

Entries for all classes will be via the usual facilities provided by the Registry and Grass Roots. This year the fees for penning will be included as part of the entry fee.  So no booking of pen spacing is needed as this will be determined by the Chief Steward on overall number of entries and farms.

We would appreciate it if exhibitors could avoid booking only a single entry as these tie up one whole pen and biosecurity spacing, and is a little inefficient in utilisation of the limited space available for everyone in the marquee.

We will again have the benefit of Garry Naish as our ring steward. Giving invaluable support and humour to our judge and the exhibitors alike, and he is an essential part for a smooth running show. Wanting to offer perhaps a more attractive thank you than the usual, and reflecting all our thanks for his time and expertise, we have decided to add a ring steward levy to each entry fee. We hope you will support this gesture.

Mains power for fans will also be available. Devon County have however changed the rules, mainly from a H&S perspective. This year a socket can be booked, one per exhibitor, at the same time as you make your entries and the cabling to these will be dug into the ground by the electrical contractors. We will need to limit these to the penning running alongside the long sides of the marquee so if you would like a socket, please make your booking early. Once the drawings have been submitted to the contractors, it will be pretty difficult to alter or add to. If this is oversubscribed,  we will have to make allocation based on the date of booking. All fans will need a PAT label however the contractors will provide a free test as part of the socket fee, if necessary.

Also available to book will be a limited number of promotion pens (the usual 2.5×2.5m), and the opportunity to place your banner around the show ring.

Given the weather is always a bit wet, we will need to be a little more demanding on the vehicle access to the side and rear of the marquee. We will be unable to allow horse lorries to drive up on to the grass areas. If you need to use one, you will be need to unload whilst still on the tarmac/hard standing drive up to the marquee. Afterwards returning back to the main road and parking up in the livestock parking areas. Devon County have a special hard standing parking area located just behind the woods to the side of the alpaca area. Booking into this costs £35.  There is obviously limited space, so you will need to speak directly with the Devon County show office to book in.

Those with ‘white vans’ should make an informed decision on the day as to whether it is worth risking the drive up to the rear of the marquee. Tractor pulling is available, but if needed the whole showground is likely to need it, so response times can be long. We should have a pile of wood chip to draw on as well.

Finally, for us all, and those staying overnight behind the marquee we will have toilets. Two tardis will be in place to the rear of the marquee for the sole use of exhibitors, provided we can keep the barriers closed and the sign visible.

Further information, answers to questions and concerns please contact Chas Brooke on 01884 243579 or email

Many thanks and we all look forward to once again seeing you all in the marquee for a fun but also serious show.