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The History of the Devon County Agriculture Association (DCAA) & Westpoint

The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872 to undertake promotion of the Devon County Show. It has been held annually ever since, except for breaks during the two World Wars from 1940 to 1946 and 1915 to 1919, eleven occasions between 1890 and 1958, when it was held in conjunction with Bath and West Show or the Royal Show when these were held in Devon, and 2020 due to Covid.

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Since 1956...

The show was first held at Victoria Park, Mount Radford and then at various sites around the county until 1956, when it moved to its first permanent site at Whipton Showground, Exeter. The show moved to its present site at the Westpoint Arena in 1990. The Devon County Show, staged every third week of May at Westpoint near Exeter, as a gigantic shop window for local agriculture, horticulture, food and drink, rural crafts and forestry, attracting over 90,000 visitors each year to the three day event. 

The DCAA was set up to promote agriculture, horticulture, and forestry in Devon. Its aim is to hold and promote shows, exhibitions and competitions connected with the use of agricultural land in all its aspects. 

More information about the role of the DCAA is available on their website.

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