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Review of Plymtree Country Fayre and Horse Show 2019

Plymtree Country Fayre and Horse Show 2019 was a bright and colourful affair with a fantastic number of visitors, many of whom came from well outside the local area. The fun-filled day included a family dog and horse show, classic vehicles and varied main ring entertainment as well as the traditional favourites, Punch and Judy, Bouncy Castle and the Beer Tent.

View from the Tea Tent

Pat and Graham who organise the horse show fill us in on the horse show: “Wonderful weather, but too hot for horses! Although the day started at a comfortable temperature, it soon became very hot and our entry numbers were down, particularly in the later classes. The judges didn’t stop for a lunch break but worked right through to mid afternoon so that competitors could get away as quickly as possible. However we still made a reasonable amount for the Exeter branch of the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) and our congratulations to Sarah-Jane Lowe who won the Supreme Championship. Also very many thanks to the judges, stewards and other helpers who made the event possible.”

Horse Show rider and runner

Becky Nicholson organises the Dog show and attended on the day even though she was only a week away from having her baby ! The Dog Show’s Best in Show, Miska the Husky and owner Chyla, not only wowed the crowds with their skipping tricks but they also walked away with the Best Child Handler title as Chyla is only 11 years old. A fantastic display, well done to both of them!

Dog Show: Best in show

The Classic Vehicles display saw a record numbers of exhibitors, including for the first year vintage tractors. The owners were delighted to be able to show the visitors their vehicles during the main ring parade.

Vintage tractors were invited this year

The flower and produce tent was a closely guarded secret until the grand unveiling at 10.30am.

The Flower and Produce tent

The colours, variety and quality of competition entries was astounding. Plymtree Primary School and Pre School always do their teachers proud and this year was no exception. Best in Show in fruit and vegetables (section E) was Sue Tidball.

Honiton Town Band

Honiton Town Band and Mary Ann Nester and her Dancing Dogs were main ring entertainers who delighted the crowds. Hildsvin were a great favourite with the children as the Viking re-enactment displays turned into a full scale battle! We particularly enjoyed the brave dogs who wanted to join in too!

Hildsvin and their Viking re-enactment

We hope you had chance to visit their small encampment and meet the Wolf Dogs and Bronwyn the Raven.

As always, an event of this scale would be impossible without the support of volunteers, sponsors, entertainers, stall holders and visitors. Everyone works really hard to make our Bank Holiday Extravaganza happen and we thank all of them for their contributions.

Tea Tent assembly by some of our wonderful volunteers
Flower and Produce Show organisers

All the profits raised from our village event will be donated to village and local charitable causes, Plymtree Village Hall and Recreation Ground, and Riding for the Disabled in Exeter.

Claire Fry