AS BATH ch show managed to cope despite the rain – apart from a few exhibitors’ vehicles having to be towed from the car park – organisers were forced to cancel the third and final day of the Devon County Show.
It is the first time this has happened in the event’s 119-year history.
Heavy rain turned the grass car parks at the purpose-built Westpoint Showground near Exeter into mud baths, and with further bad weather forcecast show secretary Ollie Allen was forced to announce the Saturday show day was to be called off.
"Heavy rain before and during the show has turned the car parks into quagmires and it would not be safe to go ahead,” she said.
The announcement came after an earlier accident in the show’s car park in which two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Five vehicles, including a horse box with two animals inside, were involved. Fire crews were called to cut the horses free and one of the animals had to be sedated at the scene. Another driver was described by police as ‘walking wounded’.
The Association held an emergency meeting on Monday at which it was agreed that a full refund would be offered to those who bought tickets for Saturday in advance but were unable to use them.