On Saturday, my mum, grandma and I headed to Westpoint Arena for that most magical of things- The Devon County Show.
Now, if you aren't from a particularly rural area, you may have no idea what one of these strange things is. Basically, a county show is where farmers, producers, the WI, companies, and all manner of people gather from all around the county (in this case, Devon, though they happen everywhere) to show off their wares to as wide an audience as possible. My great-uncle volunteers as a steward at the Show, so we were lucky enough to get three free tickets. We were pretty pleased about this, as at £19 a ticket for an adult, we otherwise may not have gone.
But go we did, so we set off bright and early (as in 8:15am) and drove East from our little village towards Exeter. The day started pretty well, with me finding a Diet Coke bottle with my name on it (bloody brilliant marketing ploy, I didn't even want it but I had to get it). But as we drove out across the moor, we got stuck behind some cows who were out for a morning stroll. (On Monday I got stuck on my way to work in the exact same place behind the exact same cows). Ahhh Devon!!
We then got stuck in the horrific traffic on the way into the show on the A38- seriously we queued for around an hour to travel probably less than three miles. Not ideal, particularly as we were trying to get to the show in time to see my younger brother play his cornet with the Devon Youth Brass Band. This was actually the only low point of the day, as we ended up missing about half of their set, despite leaving home two hours before they were due to play (it's normally just over an hour's journey, I do it every day for work).
But soon enough we got into the show ground, and dashed to the bandstand just in time to hear them play an arrangement of Coldplay's Viva La Vida (which sounds weird but works amazingly) and catch our breath in the sunshine.
Once we'd fulfilled our duty as loving family members and listened to the end of their set, we were free to explore the Show- and explore we did...
|No idea why she was dressed like this.|
There is something so classically British about something like this. Helter-skelters, ferris wheels, and candy floss just make me feel like a child all over again. This is mostly because of Goose Fair, which I'll explain more about when it happens in October.
The main reason I go to these things is for the food. I mean come on, where else can you get Oreo and Irn Bru flavoured fudge?!
Inside the actual food tent, mum and I worked our way around the entire thing. Twice. And when we momentarily lost my grandmother, we found her at the bar sampling cider. Top lady!!
|Would it be Devon without copious amounts of scrumpy (cider)? I think not...|
There is always a lot of cheese at these shows. And this one really went for it...
|I was clearly very happy about the cheese. Sorry.|
I also love the tent hosting the flower-arranging competitions (I don't recommend this if you have hayfever)- just look at how creative they were!!
|It's a sheep made of CAULIFLOWER!|
Though of course, animal shows still feature heavily here. Just check out some of these cuties...!
But the heavy machinery is still a pretty big deal. Massey-Ferguson is the height of cool around these here parts...!
So after all of that, we headed home with empty pockets and lots of delicious goodies (including raspberry lemonade, sea-salted fudge, and an incredibly cherry pie).
Seriously, if there is a county show near you- or even just a little local town show- I can't recommend it enough. Mostly because in my experience, there are always a lot of free samples of cider, fudge, and cheese.