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August Bank Holiday already?
Where has the year gone?
Many of us have signposts in the annual calendar that help us to identify as time advances throughout the year that August Bank Holiday probably is significant for most people. The long summer is not yet over but already holidays are coming to an end, children are preparing to return to school, nights are perceptibly closing in and have a nip to them whilst the morning mist takes that little bit longer to disperse.
For us avisit to the Fenland Show is a welcome diversion to help us forget the impending, unremitting autumn and to celebrate all that is best in our countryside and that which it can produce. It provides one last hurrah for the whole family to come together and enjoy themselves both together and separately. It is a true family day out, a quintessentially English Summer occasion for family and friends to enjoy and to take part in an event that brings competition and co-operation, pride and pleasure to a summer’s day.
The children can enjoy the many distractions available to them from the presentations and demonstrations, to fun fair rides and small animals and birds that are on sale. Many are just content to watch the activities in the main ring and perhaps even have an opportunity to participate with the various dogs, horses or birds that are on show.
We always look forward to a picnic by the car, which is close at hand, thanks to the efficiency of the young cadets who ensure that everyone arrives and leaves speedily and easily - unlike some shows. But for those that forget to pack the necessary comestibles, they are well catered for (literally) by the many snacks available - and excellent they are as confirmed by the queues for their produce.
The variety is astonishing, from burgers and sausages to beef and hog roast, and not forgetting the various ethnic offerings. Personally, I cannot resist the temptations of the ladies from the Women’s Institute and I always make a beeline for that stand to avoid missing out on their traditional offerings!
Also, I never fail to stock up on other items that will serve me until the following year at least. I never fail to find some stout walking shoes or sturdy Wellingtons that do not seem to be available on the high street and as a reflection of my rebellious spirit I do like to pick up a supply of red socks.
Nothing quite matches the Fenland Show, which brings together the town and the country in a relaxed way that combines the intimacy of a village show with the variety and diversity of a much larger event. The only difficulty that arises is to persuade the family that it is time to set out for home but they will only leave after a promise to return again the following year.
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Fun Dog Show
Sponsored by PPS Pet Supplies
Featuring 8 classes for pedigree, crossbreeds and mongrels inc. puppies, veterans and rescued dogs with rosettes and special prizes for all.
£1 per class.
Enter and pay on the day
For more information please contact Jacky 07771 743138 or Sarah 07909 901410.
World record holder Hywel Morgan provides a fascinating and entertaining display of fly-fishing which will enthral fishing fans of all abilities. A regular competitor in casting competitions as a youngster, the Welshman was so successful in his youth that he was asked not to compete at the CLA Game Fair before he even reached the age of sixteen, to give other people a chance of winning! He has represented his country on 12 occasions including six World Championships. A popular media personality, Hywel has presented programmes for Welsh channel S4C and made numerous guest appearances on tv and at country shows around the world.
South East Falconry Group
The South East Falconry Group will provide a fascinating flying display to captivate the audience across the showground. Like all animals, birds can be unpredictable and it is this element of luck which often provides some of the most entertaining and amusing displays as the birds make up the rules and show off their flying skills. The South East Falconry Group was formed in 1981 and is fortunate to have members who are highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of keeping, breeding and hunting birds of prey.
Watch the dedicated gundogs as they are put through their paces and demonstrate the various aspects of their work and training. The gun dogs display is always professionally executed with plenty to see in all corners of the main ring.
PLUS: Terriers, Sheepdogs & Ferret Displays
Big boys and small will love the display of vintage machinery which will include a wide selection of vehicles. Take a moment to enjoy the elderly tractors as they stutter around the ring, or marvel at the purring engines of classic cars from a bygone age.
Heavy Horse Show
The gentle giants of the horse world will show off their grace and huge presence in the popular heavy horse show (Monday only). Once the centre of the farming world, many of the historic heavy horses are now rare breeds so this display is an unusual opportunity to see them at close range. Feel the ground rumble as these majestic creatures show off their paces for the judges and compete for the coveted rosettes.