Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, was the occasion of the 130th Lustleigh Village Show. After attending these shows now for several years it can be a liitle difficult to say new things about them, but once again, we will try! If you explore the web site for the show, there is an “About us” link, and going to the “History” link reveals that this was originally a horticultural show. This might explain why there is little livestock to be seen, although there are demonstrations of aspects of farming such as the baler show.
Anyway, I digress. – let’s move on to the photographs …..
The DPA stall was ready once again for the start at 10.00 am, above are Derek, Val, Claude, Phil and Berni all smiling with eager anticipation as to what the day would bring. What it brought was sunshine and high temperatures!
At 10.00 am the sun was still quite low in the sky and the shadows quite long, the days are shortening!
A popular attraction is the modern baler story, starting with chat from the presenter who reveals that the baler machine started life in 1910, 117 years ago!
After driving around the show ring, picking up scattered hay, the baler produces a round bale, ready to be lifted by “the spike” for stacking in the corner of the field, or somewhere suitable.
There was, as always, a bandstand in one corner of the show field; the photograph above shows a folk duo in action but for a lot of the day the Dart Valley Stompers Jazz Band held sway. Here is their own web site: Dart Valley Stompers Jazz Band.
There are quite a lot of stalls selling food of different types, from Spanish Basque, Thai, pizza, hog roast, sausage and baked potatoes. There was also cake!
For those with energy to spare, there was a climbing “pole”, something I have not seen before …..
Two young boys seemed to revel in speed climbing, racing to the top.
With all these shows, adult refreshments are always important, and this means the beer tent – the popularity of which is reflected in a signpost to be seen below …..
There was a selection of Otter beers and various ciders to choose from today.
One popular event in the main arena was dressage with someone rather playing the fool, with a running commentary – smart horse, that one!
The Red Arrows came over on a flypast at 11.49 am, precisely …..
As it says, here they come …..
And, there they go …..
The jets flew directly over the DPA gazebo, which can just be seen at bottom left in the photograph, to mark Derek’s birthday on this day. The number of phone calls it took to arrange that ….. ! I also looked for the town crier – there is often a crier or two at these shows but not this time, we had to get the show commentator, who is a worthy successor at the microphone to the late Anthony Beard, to do the honours.
There is another way to let off steam at this show if you have enrgy to spare – go for a run. And what a run – 10 km, or 6 miles in English (now that “Brexit” is under way). From what I remember from walking in this area, there is a lot of up and down involved …..
We wished them the very best of luck!
The show announcer doubled up in a few capacities, from what I saw. Here he is preparing for the terrier racing, where some brave person gets the dogs worked up and then a lure is dropped on the end of a line – the line is wound-in very rapidly by this ‘machine’ by cranking the handle. I think it must have quite a high gear mechanism inside because those dogs can’t half run.
Sometime later, the prizes were awarded for various classes of runner in the 10 km race, above are the Ladies …..
….. and here are the Men. If you want the full details, including the winners and a map of the route, see the event web page. The fastest result was 38:06 minutes – that is an average of more than 9 mph. They take entrants of all ages, so there is no excuse!
Another event that always attracts a crowd is the hay sheaf tossing, this is something that always gets my attention …..
Now, when I was a young fella. back on the farm …… I used to do this before breakfast. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my pitchfork, again. 🙂
You can’t get lost, unless you spend too long in the Show Bar, but if you do, then this sign shows you the way back!
On a day like today, ice cream was more popular than you can imagine – even I bought one …..
The only place to eat ice cream was in the shade, which became more and more valued as the day wore on.
All things considered, the day was very successful, with an attendance that was more than last year, although I can’t remember the number announced at the end of the day. Must have been the effect of passing too near to the Show Bar?