FarmWise Devon promises more hands-on fun at the County Show

Posted on: 4 May 2016

Primary school-age children from across the county will have the chance to touch, taste and feel their way around life on the farm at this year’s Children’s Farm stand, supported by FarmWise Devon, at the Devon County Show.

Following the successes of the Devon County Council-supported FarmWise Devon events at Westpoint which have been captivating schools from across the county, visitors to the Children’s Farm stand will again have an opportunity to see where good food comes from.

The Devon County Show 2016 is on the 19, 20 and 21 May, at Westpoint, near Exeter.

Last year’s County Show Gold Award winner for best exhibit, this year’s stand promises more of that winning formula, with loads of hands-on experience for youngsters and adults alike.

Visitors to the stand, number 498 on the west side of Westpoint (also known as the Ben Wadsworth Pavillion), will be invited to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in to making butter and bread dough, milling wheat for flour, pressing apple juice and planting seeds.  They’ll see calves and lambs being fed, cows being milked, bread being baked, chicks hatching hopefully, ducklings and other chicks, as well as a special appearance from ‘one confused farmer and his dog called Whisper’.

Cllr John HartThe Leader of Devon County Council, Cllr John Hart said:

“The FarmWise events at Westpoint have been a highlight of the year for many primary school children, and have really opened their eyes, ears and noses to what Devon’s farmers do best.

“The FarmWise Devon stand at the County Show, this year called the Children’s Farm, also proves to be a hit with the hundreds of visitors it attracts.  It showcases what Devon does so well, and it highlights the importance of the industry in our local economy.

“Besides that it’s always great fun for children, and as our next generation of Devon farmers, that has to be good news.”

On the stand will be volunteers from Devon County Council, Exeter College, South Devon College, Bicton College and the Young Farmers Association.

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