Devon show bigger and better than ever with record crowds, record revenue
- June 30, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which ran May 25 to June 4, was bigger and better than ever, according to Chairman and CEO Wayne W. Grafton.
"On Junior Weekend, the first Saturday evening was probably the largest crowd ever for that night," said Grafton. "It looked like Grand Prix night but just a little smaller. Sunday night, when usually there's no one there, it was a huge crowd for Eventing, and it wasn't even a nice night, it was drizzling all evening."
"There were big crowds for all the FEI-rated jumper classes, and Thursday, Grand Prix night, was packed as usual," said Grafton. "It was an excellent Devon, with record numbers of spectators and a record amount of revenue."
"It was above anything we've done before," Grafton said. "Ticket sales were up overall, and at the Country Fair food sales were up overall. The vendors all said they did well."
"We'll be way above the total number of spectators that we usually have, which is 125,000," said Grafton.
All of the exhibitors interviewed said Devon was a very special place and that they were pleased with this year's show, and McLain Ward was effusive in his praise of the show, pointing out all the improvements the show had made and saying it was in a class with shows like Aachen and Hickstead,
"We're working diligently," said Grafton. "We're constantly trying to improve everything, but there's still so much to be done."
Grafton said the new second floor dining facility had overall gone well.
That new facility is located over the new office area and provides a good view of both the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring.
Grafton said that most people were happy with the dining area, and the few complaints were about things Devon planned to fix,
"This was the first time out, and it's been a learning curve," said Grafton. "There are modifications we need to make, one of them being having the announcer heard there."
"Now we're gearing up for the Fall Classic," said Grafton.