Once more, the sun has orbited to reach the point of Summer Bank Holiday Monday, on 27th of August, and the DPA attended the Lustleigh Show again. Regular DPA volunteers for these events, namely Val Barns, Derek Collins, Claude Williams and Keith & Berni Ryan were joined by Alison Clish-Green. There are no long blocks of text below, just some photographs to remember the day by and a few short comments.

 

General scene at the main ring, mid-morninh

General scene at the main ring, mid-morninh

 

The photograph above shows a typical mid-morning scene at the main ring, with the crowd quite thick in places and sparse in others.

 

Main sign post - with the usual joke

Main sign post – with the usual joke

 

The main signpost inside the gate has the usual important areas with the upside-down Show Bar joke.

 

Lining up at the start of the 10k race

Lining up at the start of the 10k race

 

The Show has many attractions, a long-running major attraction is the 10k cross country run. The commentator always says it is challenging. From snatches of conversation I heard while taking photograph it certainly doesn’t sound like a walk in the park!

 

Here they come!

Here they come!

 

No caption needed, really.

 

Passing the DPA stand

Passing the DPA stand

 

The photograph features the Lustleigh Show 10k runners and the DPA gazebo!

 

The "field" were quite a mixed population, all ages

The “field” were quite a mixed population, all ages

 

Here, they were passing en masse …..

 

Last photo of too many that I took

Last photo of too many that I took

 

I actually took another ten of these photographs – did you want to see them?!

 

Foot-operated wood-turning lathe

Foot-operated wood-turning lathe

 

The wood-turning display was part of the Devon Rural Skills Trust effort.

 

Harris hawk, catching some sun

Harris hawk, catching some sun

 

Above, a Harris hawk sun-bathing, although I see no shadows at this point, and it was too cool to be losing heat, although the birds were being sprayed periodically using a hosepipe fitted with a fine rose. The birds, of which there were eight and possibly ten, were from North Devon Falconry.

 

Gyr x Saker falcon

Gyr x Saker falcon

 

This bird spent so long in this position that I gave up waiting for the more “normal” front-looking pose and moved on.

 

Dartmoor National Park display

Dartmoor National Park display

 

The National Park display was on the opposite side of the field to us. I did pick up good-looking leaflets entitled “Bird Trail Yarner Wood” and “Butterflies of the Bovey Valley”.

 

Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

 

I can’t remember seeing the Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at the Show before, but they looked interesting, hence the photograph.

 

Rear end of a fire engine from Bovey Tracey

Rear end of a fire engine from Bovey Tracey

 

This is pretty obviously the rear end of a fire engine …..

 

The firemen's sideshow

The firemen’s sideshow

 

….. and the associated sideshow.

 

A climbing wall for youngsters

A climbing wall for youngsters

 

A climbing wall; I realise now that the photograph is not taken from the most flattering angle – it obviously has a wide front climbing face.

 

I'm watching you. meducks

I’m watching you. meducks

 

I wonder if these sheepdogs ever get confused when they encounter sheep?

 

Thacky ol' bar won't go no 'igher! (Deb'n vernacular)

Thacky ol’ bar won’t go no ‘igher! (Deb’n vernacular)

 

The sheaf-tossing was right in front of us – if that is possible to say when we had two open sides on the gazebo.  Most people threw the bale two-habded, give it two swings down between the knees and then letting rip skywards. However, I believe the man who used a different, side-on, one-handed throw got it a couple of feet (maybe more) above the bar.

 

Hello. meducks, there's two of we

Hello. meducks, there’s two of we

 

There was a sheep dog display of herding white geese and Indian Runner ducks  …..

 

Quick, quick (or, Quack, quack) - he's behind me!

Quick, quick (or, Quack, quack) – he’s behind me!

 

This should be captioned something like “Getting your ducks in a row”.

 

 

You're going up and over …..

You’re going up and over …..

 

And, now, for your delectation and delight ….

 

That's it

That’s it

 

Up they go …..

 

There's always one last one

There’s always one last one

 

…. and down the other side.

 

Now down and under, do the Duck Limbo

Now down and under, do the Duck Limbo

 

The caption says it all.

 

There was steady interest at the DPA stand for much of the day

There was steady interest at the DPA stand for much of the day

 

The Independent Voice of Dartmoor was heard by quite a lot of people.

 

Raising funds, selling books old and new

Raising funds, selling books old and new

 

Importantly, funds were raised towards the Aims of the Association.

 

Lady runner, coming home

Lady runner, coming home

 

Most of the runners raised a smile as they reached the finish of the 10k race …..

 

Every one a winner

Every one a winner

 

Everyone got a finishers medal.

 

Sitting outside, enjoying the band

Sitting outside, enjoying the band

 

People sitting outside, listening to the trad jazz …..

 

The Dart Valley Stompers

The Dart Valley Stompers

 

People sitting inside the Show Bar, drinking beer and listening to trad jazz.

 

Swingboats

Swingboats

 

The swingboats weare here again, although I seem to have caught them at a not-so-busy moment.

 

This girl was impressive

This girl was impressive

 

The young lady in this photograph put on a good display of sheaf-tossing skill.

Besides the above, there were other attractions, namely:  Punch & Judy,  the Dog ShowPom Stitch Tassel Children’s CraftsFerret RacingThe Oakwood FolkLily Warne Wool,  and Terrier Racing – you can always tell when a terrier race is on, no matter where you are in the area!

This ends our reportage on the Lustleigh Show for this year. All that remains is to thank Alison for joining us and hope that she enjoyed the day on the stand, I know she asked a lot of people if they knew about the DPA and how we started defending Dartmoor in 1883.