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Quagmired car park puts end to Devon County Show

For the first time in its 119 year history the Devon County Show has had to be cancelled during the three day event.

Heavy rain last night combined with traffic movements today has left the public car parks quagmired. Vehicles had to be towed out by tractors leaving organisers with no alternative than to shut down the show. Seth Conway reports.

Rain stops play at Devon County Show

The final day of the Devon County Show has had to be cancelled due to bad weather at the show ground.

Organisers say heavy rain has made the on-site car parks unsafe for visitors.

Devon County Show cancelled because heavy rain has made the carparks unsafe Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway
Devon County Show cancelled because heavy rain has made the carparks unsafe Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

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Organisers say decision to cancel was 'heartbreaking'

Organisers of the Devon County Show have released a statement apologising for cancelling tomorrow's event.

They say the condition of the car parks due to heavy rain jeopardised the safety of visitors, but the decision to cancel was 'heartbreaking'.

We are very sorry to have to announce that for the first time in our history that we have been forced to cancel the third day of the Show tomorrow (Saturday) in the interests of public safety.Quite exceptionally heavy rainfall immediately before and during the Show has turned the car parks into quagmires to the point where it would not be safe to allow people to park their cars.

The board of the DCAA will be meeting in due course to consider all implications of this decision including the financial implications. Further announcements will be made in due course.

It is heart breaking to have to make this decision but the appalling weather has left us with no choice. We are not the first agricultural show to have to cancel a day’s activities and we wont be the last.

We will be considering the long term implications of this and the lessons that need to be learnt in due course. For the moment our thoughts are with our visitors, exhibitors, trade stand holders, sponsors and our army of volunteers for whom this will come as a bitter disappointment.We did everything we could to improve the state of the fields but in the end the intensity of the rainfall was too much.

– Ollie Allen, Devon County Show Secretary

Devon County Show cancelled due to heavy rain

It has been announced that the Devon County Show has been cancelled tomorrow.

As a result of heavy rain this afternoon car parks at the show ground near Exeter became waterlogged and were closed due to health and safety concerns.

It is believed to be the first time in the show's history that it has had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Devon County Show Credit: ITV West Country

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Devon County Show visitors not put off by weather

Agricultural show gets off to a good start Credit: ITV West Country/Ed Fielden

poor weather hasn't put off visitors to day one of the Devon County Show.

There were delays earlier because of a crash on the M5 near exeter but Thousands have poured into the Westpoint arena for the agricultural show.

Crowds not put off by weather Credit: ITV West Country/Ed Fielden

The Devon County Show includes everything from livestock competitions to morris dancers. Now in its 119th year, it runs until Saturday.

Morris dancers at Devon County Show Credit: ITV West Country/Ed Fielden

Visitors flock to Devon County Show

This year's Devon County Show gets underway today Credit: ITV West Country

Between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the Exeter show ground on the first day of the Devon County Show.

The weather today and over the weekend has taken a turn for the worse, but this hopefully won't put off the 95,000 visitors expected over the three days.

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