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Devon County Show statement: final day cancelled

PUBLISHED: 19:32 23 May 2014 | UPDATED: 19:36 23 May 2014

The final day of the 2014 Devon County Show has been cancelled

The final day of the 2014 Devon County Show has been cancelled

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Devon County Show organiser Ollie Allen announces a ‘heartbreaking decision’ to cancel the final day of the Devon County Show because of the ‘quagmire’ car parks, caused by recent heavy rain

Statement from Devon County Show Secretary Ollie Allen at 4.30pm on Friday, May 23.

Heartbreaking decision

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.

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