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Rain-cheque Devon county showgoers to get money back

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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Devon county showgoers who bought tickets for Saturday which was cancelled when heavy rain turned the car park into a quagmire, will be compensated, the organisers promised.

But questions remain over compensation packages for stallholders and how the Devon County Agricultural Assocation – which puts on the show – intend to improve car parking to avoid a repeat of the problem if the weather is bad next year.

Devon County Agriculture Assocation chairman John Maunder said: "There is a lot to do to address the financial implications and to repair the site, however the team will soon be working on next year's Show which will be held on May 21-23."

Some stallholders will have lost many thousands of pounds as a result of the cancellation and may not be covered under their own insurance policies.

Devon County Show, the first of the major agricultural shows, was ironically moved forward by a week this year – the 25th at the Westpoint showground – in part to improve the chances of better weather.

In the end the three days on which the show would have been held, May 16, 17 and 18, boasted glorious spring weather while the following week was hit by torrential downpours that quickly turned the grass car parks into mud baths.

Mr Maunder went on: "Whilst the abandonment of the Show was forced on us by the extreme weather conditions, and will have a significant financial impact, we want to do right by our paying visitors.

"Without their support we would not have a Devon County Show, and the Board felt that we should stand by them, just as I hope that they will stand by us."

Applications for a refund can be made via the Devon show website from 6am today. They need to be submitted by June 30. Refunds will be made by the end of July.

The decision to abandon day three of the show was taken late on Friday afternoon.

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