It's a top farming show!
The Devon County Show is still, first and foremost, an agricultural show. Yes, there’s a lot more to it than just farming these days. It acts now as a showcase and market place for the whole rural economy, with local food and drink a particular priority. But farmers and their families still come to the Show in their thousands, to show off their livestock, discover and invest in the very latest in farm machinery and equipment, discuss the political and technical issues of the day and just to have a thoroughly good time meeting friends and colleagues, old and new. They, and their livestock, give the event a very special atmosphere, that makes it so much more than just a gigantic country fair.
Despite the rise of specialist events and the power of the internet, there has even been an increase in the number of agricultural trade stands and other farming content in recent years, with the Devon-based co-operative Mole Valley Farmers leading the way. An entire section of the showground is now given over to farm machinery. And as the first major show of the summer, the Show also offers the perfect platform for senior farming politicians from the NFU, the CLA and Government to explain what they are up to - and for Devon’s farmers - and our Young Farmers, who have a particularly strong presence - to take them to task!
The Devon County Show combines the county’s agricultural heritage with a focus on the future to create an event which appeals to every strand of the Devon community.