For the first time in the history of the Devon County Show organisers were forced to cancel the third day of the event "in the interests of public safety".
Exceptionally heavy rainfall immediately before and during the show turned the car parks into quagmires to the point where it would not be safe to allow people to park their cars.
Depending on how you purchased your Saturday show admission ticket(s), there are two options available to claim a refund. All refund requests must be received by 30th June 2014.
Option 1. Non website purchases. Please complete Option 1 on the refund form and post both pages of the completed form and unused purchased admission ticket(s) / Silver Saturday Badges to Ollie Allen, Devon County Show Secretary, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ. Refunds will only be made on receipt of this form and unused purchased admission ticket(s) / Silver Saturday Badges. All refund requests MUST be received by 30th June 2014. Refunds will be processed by the end of July 2014.
Option 2. Website e-ticket purchases. Please either complete the form making sure to attach a copy of any e-tickets purchased for use at the Devon County Show on Saturday 24th May 2014 or complete Option 2 on the refund form and email the completed form, together with a copy of the e-ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will be made direct into your Bank account via SecPay.
Devon County Show Secretary Ollie Allen said: "It is heart breaking to have to make this decision but the appalling weather has left us with no choice. We are not the first agricultural show to have to cancel a day’s activities and we wont be the last.
"We will be considering the long term implications of this and the lessons that need to be learnt in due course. For the moment our thoughts are with our visitors, exhibitors, trade stand holders, sponsors and our army of volunteers for whom this will come as a bitter disappointment.
"We did everything we could to improve the state of the fields but in the end the intensity of the rainfall was too much."