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Fine harvest helps in hopes for show

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

SWEDE SPECIMENS: Ivor Govier, last year's winner of the trophy for most points in the produce classes.

SWEDE SPECIMENS: Ivor Govier, last year's winner of the trophy for most points in the produce classes.

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THE good weather and harvest this year promise an impressive display for the weekend's Christmas Fatstock Show in South Molton.

Farmers and producers have entered dozens of exhibits spread among turkeys and chickens, sacks of wheat and barley, potatoes and samples of silage. There'll also be a number of cattle and up to 40 pens of sheep.

North Devon's young farmers are planning a big entry of exhibits as well as a chariot race and tractor pull which usually feature in their year's activities along with livestock judging and farm tasks.

Joint organiser of the show, Michael Edwards of Stags, said: "Entries were a bit slow at first, but have quickened up now. I'm expecting good things from the produce because it was such a good harvest this year.

"We'd like to have 15 or so bullocks and there'll be the pens of sheep including Shetlands and badger sheep."

Several sponsors have ensured there are generous prizes for more than 70 different classes. They include open classes for ewe lambs, best steer and heifer, oven-ready poultry, feeding straw, silage, nets of swedes; while in the home and garden are classes for vegetables, eggs, plants, chutneys, and cakes and biscuits.

There are children's classes for cakes and decorated wellies, and among the YFC classes are Christmas decorations, photos, hand-made wooden or metal articles, stock judging and pallet recycling.

The fatstock show will take place amid a winter festival that's starting this evening in South Molton with a Christmas tree display in the parish church, lantern parade by schoolchildren tomorrow and a full pannier market on Saturday.

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