Young people and farming
The young handlers section has become one of the most enthusiastic parts of the show, the area's biggest event of the year.
JOANNA Grigg, centre, won the Ventonia Cup at last year's show. The cup was donated by her grandfather, Edward Grigg, pictured left. With mum and dad Tracey and David Grigg, and Julia Grigg.
Organisers have already taken entries from 30 children in the beef categories, and another 30 for the sheep classes, which also include a fancy dress section.
Entries overall are up on last year, with 344 horses scheduled to take part, more than 600 sheep and fleeces, 209 cattle, and 112 alpacas.
"It's going to be such an amazing show for all kinds of reasons," said show secretary Pat Sennett.
"The junior showman competitions are proving very popular in sheep and cattle and it is good to know that young people are keeping up the traditions of their parents and grandparents."
Among the big horse entry, the show has reintroduced carriage driving and organisers would welcome more entries.
They have six entries in the new retired racehorse class, and there are high numbers of entries in appaloosa and coloured classes.
"And then we've so many interesting trade stands too, as well as all the livestock," added Pat.
Among the scores of trade stands will be Quince Honey Farm at South Molton, Exmoor Zoo, North Devon Theatres, the mountain bike climbing stands from North Devon Plus, the Barnstaple Pilot Gig boat and crew and scores of others.
A major attraction will be the Military Wives Choir from Chivenor which has been such a national and worldwide hit since its formation under the baton of choirmaster, Gareth Malone on BBC television.
In the run-up to the show the Journal will preview the event, look back at past years and profile the new president of the North Devon Agricultural Society, Mike Wright.
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