THE second Christmas Fatstock Show returns to South Molton s Pannier Market on Sunday, December 13 after its inaugural success last year. With 44 classes in all and nearly £900 in prizes up for grabs, the organisers are expecting a high calibre of entri

THE second Christmas Fatstock Show returns to South Molton's Pannier Market on Sunday, December 13 after its inaugural success last year.

With 44 classes in all and nearly £900 in prizes up for grabs, the organisers are expecting a high calibre of entries. The event which runs from 10am to 4pm and aims to showcase various aspects of country life while also providing a good day out and opportunities for some seasonal shopping.

The programme will include a sale of sheep, cattle, dressed poultry and lamb carcasses and produce. In addition, there will be a special class for North Devon Young Farmers, as well as competitions for produce, preserves, flowers, cakes, a Christmas dining table arrangement and two children's classes. Towards the end of the day there will be an auction of show produce and special pledges.

Reflecting North Devon's rich local produce, visitors will have the opportunity to try a variety of hot, appetising food such as a hog roast, local pies, barbecue, and curries. Beer, cider and wine will also be sampled and bought from Red Rock Brewery, Hancocks Cider and Bray Valley Wines.

The live entertainment will include carols from the pupils of Brayford Primary School, butchery demonstrations by John May and a cookery demonstration by John Brazier.

Other attractions will be a selection of vintage farm machinery on the square, the Exmoor Pony Society, alpacas from Langaton Alpacas and a shire horse from Jonathon Waterer's farm at Chittlehampton. Various items of new machinery will be on display in the car park.

Morley Heale, one of the organisers said:

"We were really pleased with the turnout last year and are delighted this year's event will be bigger and better.

"With extra classes, I would like to give particular thanks to our many sponsors, who have donated what is nearly £1,000 in prize money.

"New for2009 will be the William Crocombe Memorial Trophy which has been given by the family of Bill, who sadly died earlier this year."

"This year our chosen charity will be the Devon Air Ambulance, which seems appropriate for such a rural area as ours. So we ask all local people, whether from town or country, to come along on December 13 and support the second Fatstock Show".

To register interest in a stall at the Christmas Fayre call Morley Heale on (01769) 540441.

To enter livestock, produce or show items, contact Michael Edwards at Stags. Ring 01769 572042.