Entertainment for all the family at North Devon Show

FROM the moment the North Devon Show opens at 8.30am on August 5 there will be a stream of events, attractions, trade stands and competitions to keep you entertained. There will be action from Amanda Saville with her fast and furious Chariots of Fire disp

FROM the moment the North Devon Show opens at 8.30am on August 5 there will be a stream of events, attractions, trade stands and competitions to keep you entertained.

There will be action from Amanda Saville with her fast and furious Chariots of Fire display which will include driving a bullock along with a team of stunt ponies.

Six rare breed racing pigs will fill the Belle Vue arena with their amazing antics. The handlers, in country outfits, use food to encourage the pigs to race down the track over the hurdles in their piggy stride - accompanied by an entertaining commentary and jolly music.

At the other end of the spectrum will be Jonathan Marshall's Experience Falconry with eagles, hawks and falcons, flown from two Arab horses.


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As always, there will be lots of cheering and shouting from supporters when five local teams of young riders on fast ponies display their riding and athletic skills in a series of obstacle and relay races in the Pony Club Games.

Katy Cropper, together with her six-year-old daughter Henrietta and her five sheepdogs, will be herding ducks and geese. You will amazed at the skill of the only woman winner of the BBC's "One Man and His Dog."

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Two very different types of musical entertainment will set your feet tapping. The Torrington Streetz Dance Crew is a dynamic company of street dancers, accompanied by up-beat music. Barnstaple Youth Band, which is made up of tuned percussion, will march in colourful red, black and gold uniforms, playing familiar tunes for you to enjoy.

With the surge of interest in keeping chickens, members of the Taw and Torridge Poultry Club will be offering expert advice at the poultry marquee.

The rural skills arena will have local craftsmen displaying their skills, including wood turning and basket weaving and even the chance to make your own bird nesting box.

In the craft tent, demonstrators will show you how to spin, paint and make lace. The food hall has oodles of tempting local produce and chefs from the Brend Hotels Group will show you how to prepare and make delicious dishes, culminating in a Ready Steady Cook session - plus advice from the Devon Wine School.

Helen Stapleton will be in the flower tent, demonstrating the art of flower arranging and there will be a horticultural show with classes for flowers, vegetables, children and cookery.

Of course, no show is complete without its animals and there will be more than ever this year with a massive 1,400 entries in competitive classes for alpacas, cattle, goats, sheep and horses, plus a top class dog show.

Vintage vehicles will also be on display, all lovingly restored and polished by their owners - a part of the show where grandads can reminisce.

To keep the children happy there will be swing boats, traditional fairground rides and face painting, so there will be masses to entertain all the family.

For further information visit our website: www.northdevonshow.com

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