With a spectacular array of entertainment, demonstrations and livestock sales, the much loved North Devon Show next Wednesday, August 6, has something for everyone. After last year s disappointing cancellation due to extreme weather the show is coming bac
With a spectacular array of entertainment, demonstrations and livestock sales, the much loved North Devon Show next Wednesday, August 6, has something for everyone.After last year's disappointing cancellation due to extreme weather the show is coming back with a bang. At the heart of the show at Belle Vue, Huntshaw, between Barnstaple and Torrington, will be 1,200 livestock, including 60 native Devon cattle. More than 430 stands in the marquees and open space will provide visitors with a day's worth of browsing and the entertainment on offer is first class.Opening the show in the Lloyds TSB ring is the Salamanca Band of the Rifles, manned by Territorial volunteers, which upholds traditions dating back to the Napoleonic Wars. The band will be followed by the Ridgeside Lurcher Racing Team trained by Phill Gibbons. All breeds of dog can join in the fun. One of Phill's lurchers will also take part in a race against one of the fastest accelerating birds of prey in a straight dash across the arena. Beginning the entertainment in the Belle Vue Ring is the Victor Pitts Sheep Dog display. Victor and his border collies create a realistic demonstration of these dogs at work. Next up is the show everyone has been waiting for: Jive Pony. This energetic spectacular performance incorporates dancing horses, simultaneous world class vaulting, gymnastic skills, commentary from horseback and high speed equestrian stunts. The Jonathan Marshall Experience Falconry is a spectacular show guaranteed to wow the crowds. Eagles pass within inches of the crowd and falcons dive at incredible speeds. Highlights include a Peregrine falcon trained to fly through the falconer's legs and, new for the North Devon Show, Jonathan will be trying to fly a white Gyr falcon and a black Gyr falcon simultaneously. The Belle Vue Ring also hosts the Young Farmers Clubs' tractor pull, tug of war and 'It's a knockout.' Leading the attractions in the Country Pursuits arena is local wildlife celebrity Johnny Kingdom who will be signing his books and videos and giving a talk. There will also be fly casting , ferret racing and n array of working dogs.Hosting this section of the show is Taw and Torridge Wildfowling Club. It will be joined by a number of other country pursuit clubs and businesses, including Blakewell Fisheries, the British Deer Society, Eggesford Fox and Hounds Hotel, Ilfracombe Art Club, artist Mary Oldham, the mink hounds, North Devon Beagles and Gun Dog Club, countryside photographer Shannon Leigh and sponsor Phillip Milton plc. Traditional boat builder Richard Annear will be displaying his craft in the Rural Skills area, as will hand spinners Pamela Brown and Alison Haggas, woodcarver Zoe Gertner, stone carver Tim Harvey, stonemason Gabriel Hummerstone, basket maker Mary Jannaway, cob builders Jan and Jerry Sharpe and stonewaller Tim Sloper. Equestrian events go in in four rings throughout the day and a highlight will be the Pony Club games where five local pony club teams will take part in a performance of fun and frolics in a fierce competition. Also not to be missed at the show are the vintage cars and tractors display. Approximately 50 vehicles all lovingly restored and polished by their owners will be on view. The dog show classes have attracted 532 dogs of all shapes and sizes that will compete for the number one canine status.The show is also pleased to welcome 'Donkey Dayz' to the ground. The donkeys will be providing rides for children in the enclosed area for just £2 per ride.The North Devon Show would not be complete without the wide range of food on offer and two of the Westcountry's best chefs will be demonstrating their culinary expertise in the Food Hall. Judy Down from Weirmarsh Farm Restaurant at Umberleigh will be cooking her favourite dishes using freshly prepared food, and local ingredients and she will be joined by Sarah Payne from West Country Caterers of High Bickington.Free car parking is available. For further information, call (01769) 560205; website:www.northdevonshow.com.