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The Devon County Show starts in style

The Devon County show is underway. Photo: ITV News

Despite a few downpours, spirits have not been dampened at the first day of the Devon County Show where everything from sheep-shearing to shetland pony racing has been pleasing the crowds.

At the heart of this agricultural show are the animals. Livestock from far and wide has been preened and primped in readiness for the judging.

Prize livestock on display for all at the Devon County Show. Credit: ITV News
Devon County Show is 18 - 20 May 2017. Credit: ITV News
All kinds of breeds can be seen at the County Show. Credit: ITV News
The livestock are judged against a strict set of criteria. Credit: ITV News

But it's not just today, they animals and their owners been getting ready since the beginning of the year.

As well as the livestock, there is of course the pride of the West Country's local produce. There are 130 entries in the craft cider competition this year, which will be judged.

Proud cider producers showing off their wares. Credit: ITV News

There was a Royal visitor to the showground today as the Countess of Wessex popped by.

The Countess of Wessex pays a visit. Credit: ITV News

One of the highlights of this year's show is the 30,000 knitted and crochet poppies to create a magnificent spectacle representing every man, woman and animal lost in the First World War in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

The poppies are the entranceway to the Craft and Gardens marquee at the show. Credit: ITV News

From Shetland Pony racing...

Forget the Grand National it is all about Shetland racing. Credit: ITV News

...to a monster truck display, the Devon County Show is full of surprises.

The monster truck display is a big hit with the show's young visitors. Credit: ITV News

The Devon County Show runs from 18 to 20 May 2017 at Westpoint.