If you’re from North Devon and not completely housebound, there’s only one thing to get up to on August 1st each year – the North Devon Show, which takes place on farmland in Umberleigh.
Sadly, the weather has other ideas for revellers in 2012 and it has rained so very much in the last couple of months that the ground has become incredibly waterlogged and the organisers have been left with no choice but to cancel the show.
This isn’t the only event of its kind to be called off because of inclement weather. Burwarton Show in South Shropshire and Nantwich and South Cheshire agriculture show have also both been cancelled because of the incredible amounts of rain battering the UK from top to bottom.
Speaking to the North Devon Journal, show secretary Pat Sennett said: “It’s very sad and we’re very sorry. It would have been our biggest show ever. It’s not the site, it’s the summer.”
Here at the Two Moors Festival, we’re very sorry to see the North Devon Show called off. Not only is it a brilliant networking opportunity for us – we’ve had a stand there in previous years and met lots of wonderful people as we hand out our brochures – but it really is one of the most interesting events on the North Devon calendar.
This year would have seen a parade of hounds, the Military Wives Choir (although you can see them in the main festival event in October), North Devon Falconry, show jumping, flower marquees, local produce and a vintage milking parlour.
Here’s hoping it goes ahead next year!
Has the rubbish British summer ruined any other of your plans this year?
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