Thursday 15th August was the date of the Chagford Show. It was a grey day and the forecast wasn’t overly encouraging. While it did rain slightly, the day was mostly cool and dry but, for August, the sun wasn’t exactly splitting the flagstones! However, we were there. Volunteers Derek Collins and Claude Williams made a fine job erecting both the pop-up gazebo and the old, loose poles one as a new venture. With the arrival of volunteers Val Barns, Anne Johnson and Phil Hutt, we had plenty of space to shelter in, come rain or shine.
I have a small apology to make – in the excitement of leaving home I forgot to pick up my camera. I remembered my camera has a phone, as does most of the population in the country – the difference being that I never use mine. The last time was over a year ago, out in the garden, late at night, smoking my pipe quietly in a deckchair when I realised there was a hedgehog near me, snaffling the dried mealworms from a dish put out for the birds. As a result of my unfamiliarity with the camera aspect of the phone, several of my attempts turned out to be slo-mo movies and elongated panoramas, plus minutes of grass and people’s feet as I walked around the show! However, there are some pictures to show you …..
The first photograph was taken from the bridge over the River Teign as you walk in from one of the free car parks. It shows the “gate” where they close the access to allow vehicles in and out. There are quite a few staff on duty throughout the day, not just here but in several places around the showground.
The DPA stand has been next to the National Park stand for several years and it is nice to see familiar faces with a common aim.
At the bottom of our avenue, Avenue 2/3, was the omnipresent (at County shows) beer tent and just outside one end, where the canvas walls are tied up, in Beer Tent Corner, as it is called in the official programme, is a musical venue. At 11.00 am, for one hour, were The Liberty Sisters, a vintage vocal trio. They sounded much like the wartime Andrews Sisters, putting the audience In The Mood.
The Horticulture and Food Hall marquee are full of competing floral and home-cooking/baking products that are sold off at the end of the day if they are not taken home again by those that brought them.
There are a lot of sheep in pens all in competition to be judged – their catalogue numbers run from 600 to 932! And, that excludes the Young Handlers Competition where there are 14 handlers ranging from 15 down to 3 years of age!
I still have a problem between Dartmoor Greyface and Dartmoor Whiteface and “Ram – other than shearling”, “Ram – lamb”, “Ram – shearling”, “Ewe – other than shearling that has reared a lamb this season”, “Ewe – shearling” and “Ewe – lamb”. One day, I’ll ask. A while ago I was given a shoulder from a wether – a two year-old, I was told. I have since learned it could be a male that has had a small operation.
The Main Ring had a programme of seventeen events, from judged pony riding, terrier racing, children’s motorcycle display, judged carriage driving and parade of vintage tractors. This starts at 8.00 am with the last event starting at 5.30 pm.
The photograph above was taken during my wander – the sky tells a story but there are shadows, too.
When I was young, this was known as “The Big Wheel” – I never heard “Ferris” (the inventor) until I was much older.
Them’s funny-looking sheep, aren’t they? All the better for seeing over the gorse on the moor, though. Also, known as alpacas.
I found the hedgehog picture, actually taken in June 2014. No wonder I don’t know the phone camera!