Chagford Show continues to prove why it’s the best

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Nestled on the banks of the River Teign, and overlooked by the impressive National Trust property Castle Drogo, surely there are few places better sited for a country event than Dogmarsh Field on Dartmoor.

This is what was awaiting those who visited the 118th Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural Show on Thursday 16th August.

Waking up on that morning and hearing the steady, heavy patter of rain on the window, you would be forgiven for thinking that the day could be a washout. However, the sun came out and the Chagford Show lived up to its reputation as one of the best in Devon.

With classes for agricultural produce, horses, sheep, cattle, dogs and a vintage section, the Chagford Show embodies the best traditions of a proper country show. Not too big, not too small, and easy to get around.

People flocked in their thousands to the over 200 trade stands, rural crafts area, food hall displaying the best of local producers as well as a beer tent and lots of live music to that continued entertain throughout the day. The main ring carried a full day of special attractions – this year it was the turn of Joseph and his Amazing Racing Camels and Joseph Peace Fire Stunt Show. There was also terrier racing, and a parade of vintage tractors and cars.

There really was something there for everyone to enjoy. The Show went off without a hitch and continued to prove why it is one of the highlights of our social calendar.

The success of the show, though, is dependent on the hard work of so many hard working volunteers on the day and all those who work tirelessly all year to enable the show to take place.

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