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Devon County Show 2015: Farming community's day in the sun

Devon's biggest annual event has country life at its heart. Credit: ITV News

Devon's biggest annual event was opened by the Princess Royal today at Westpoint, just outside Exeter.

Packed with agricultural machinery, livestock and local food and drink, the 120th Devon County Show gives the farming community in the South West the chance to celebrate, show off their animals and produce - and plan for the future.

We'll be broadcasting live from the 120th Devon County Show this evening. Credit: ITV News

For many farmers that future is shrouded in uncertainty, as they wait to see what the new government will do to support their industry.

We'll be broadcasting live from the event from 6pm tonight - and speaking to farming minister George Eustice about what farmers can expect from the next five years.

Local farmers face an uncertain future. The county show is an opportunity to plan for it. Credit: ITV News

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Devon and Cornwall police dog display team, together with a selection of police puppies will be showcasing their skills which they learn as part of their police training in the main arena at the Devon County Show.

The police dog display team will be will be used in a firearms scenario with gun fire where the dogs will be used to detain an armed person.

They will also demonstrate a search situation and emergency recall where a dog is sent in error to a detained person.

The puppies will be showing the crowds their newly learned skills in the agility and obedience classes.

Police dog Brodie will also be attending as the Devon and Cornwall Police guest of honour.

Brodie, from the police puppy scheme who had both hips replaced earlier this year will be on hand to meet the public at the police stand with his puppy walkers and Police Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon.

Brodie was brought into the world by the breeding programme run by Devon and Cornwall Police.

‘Bionic Brodie’ as he has affectionately been known, captured the hearts of the public when it was confirmed the only way that Brodie could lead a pain free life was if both hips were replaced after a diagnosis of chronic hip dysplasia.

He healed nicely after the first operation and is expected to be fully recovered in about eight weeks.

– Paul Glennon, Police Canine Development Officer

Getting ready for the Devon County Show

The Devon County Show starts tomorrow. People across the region are getting ready for the event.

Are you going? If so - why not send us a picture!

Devon County Show just one day away

The Devon County Show starts tomorrow and almost 100,000 are expected to attend this year's event. Last year bad weather forced the cancellation of the final day.

Thousands of litres of milk collected from cows at the event will have to be thrown away, rather than sold to the public.

It's the first time the event won't have been allowed to sell on the milk from animals that are being judged

Jacquie Bird reports.


Wurzels to play Devon County Show

West Country band The Wurzels will play the Devon County Show for the first time, entertaining exhibitors and guests and an exclusive event.

The four-piece group will play their famous hits including Combine Harvester and I am a Cider Drinker at the event on May 21.

The Devon County Show takes place from 21-23 May at Westpoint near Exeter.

Highlights include a motocross stunt team and Farm Wise Devon – a huge new interactive feature especially for children.

Full refunds for Devon County Show customers

People who bought tickets for the last day of the Devon County Show will be offered a full refund.

It was the first time in its 119 year history that the show had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.

Many vehicles had to be towed out by tractors, leaving organisers with no alternative but to cancel Saturday's event.

The show's secretary, Ollie Allen, says the organisers will also now turn their attention to traders who had stalls booked for Saturday's event.

Traders to assess financial cost of closing show early

Organisers of the Devon County Show say its too early too assess the financial cost of closing the event to the public today.

They took the decision after hundreds of motorists had to be towed from the car parks which had become a mudbath. Some traders felt there should have been better planning for the weather.

Richard Lawrence reports:

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