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Getting ready for country fair and dog trials

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 12, 2013

Hog-roast specialist and award-winning pig farmer Andrew Freemantle is looking forward to the two-day event next month

Hog-roast specialist and award-winning pig farmer Andrew Freemantle is looking forward to the two-day event next month

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More than 100 trade exhibitors are expected at the Devon Country Fair & English National Sheep Dog Trials held in North Devon on July 19 to 21.

The Fair, at Castle Hill near Barnstaple, is expecting about 25,000 visitors over the three days and all profits will go to support the work of North Devon Hospice.

Event organiser Ollie Allen, who is also the Secretary of Devon County Show, said the event will be a valuable boost to the local economy.

"Businesses of all descriptions are signing up for trade stands to showcase their products and services to local people and holiday-makers," she said.

Mole Valley Farmers is a major sponsor of the event and is having a trade stand at the fair.

Keith Ockenden, MVF's head of agriculture, said: 'The event gives local businesses the opportunity to showcase what Devon business can offer to the local community. All types of businesses are seeking to exhibit their products and services, including clothing, local food producers, arts and crafts, pet and equine, veterinary, agriculture and so much more.

"I would encourage local small businesses not to miss this opportunity of getting involved. There are still opportunities to take up a trade stand position at the event."

Among those companies taking part is award-winning pig farm Kenniford Farm, near Exeter, run by Andrew Freemantle, who will be running a hog roast at the event.

Mr Freemantle said: "We're very much looking forward to returning to trade at the Country Fair and Sheep Dog Trials following the success of the event when it was last held four years ago. With plenty to do and see over three days the event achieved a high attendance which certainly kept us busy, such that we've decided to increase our trading capacity for this year's event."

One hundred and fifty of the country's top sheepdogs will be in competition adjacent to a traditional fair, complete with a full main-ring programme of entertainment and marquees packed with demonstrations and exhibits.

For more information, tickets phone 01392 353700.

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