Saturday, 25 July 2009

Heckington Show

We took a trip up the A17 to Heckington, home of the beautiful 8 sailed windmill. On this occasion, the windmill wasn't our destination, it was the Heckington Show which boasts to be the largest village show in England. I guess they could be right actually, as it certainly was big - "a sea of heads" Katie said at one point. There was lots to see and do, lots to browse and buy and all round a brilliant day out (of course having the weather on our side certainly helped). Our entry ticket also included an early evening firework display but unfortunately we weren't able to stay for that, but we shall make sure we do next year!

The craft tents were a joy. I bought some unique birthday presents and was quite proud of my "planning ahead" thinking! There was also an equally lovely antique marquee with plenty of Beswick horses for Katie to "ooh" and "aah" over ranging from £15 to £150 per ornament.

Pleasantly surprised to see, like last week's LRO show, the fairground rides were all at a decent price - Ben and Paul went on the carousel which Katie and I thought ran much slower than carousel's used to run, but maybe that's just us getting older.
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Delights on the animal front included the cute and fluffy show bunnies. One in particular seemed to be picking up a lot of firsts - how they can judge I don't know, they all looked well groomed and extremely cute. There was a very patient, cuddly house rabbit in the petting area which was not only being stroked but prodded, ruffled and generally roughly handled by little toddlers - didn't seem to bat an eyelid! Another tent housed chickens and ducks of every colour and size. Some were being shown, others were for sale. Katie fell in love with the Indian Runner Ducks - she's always had a special thing for them. They remind me of a scene from Gone with the Wind when the family have run out of food for Christmas and the servant is sent outside in the pouring rain to kill the last remaining duck to eat. It's an Indian Runner and therefore ends up on the Christmas table with the meanest amount of meat clinging to its tiny frame! Pens of Lincoln Red cattle and Lincoln Longwool sheep were open for visitors to wander through. I was amazed the the rear-end size of the cattle! We were able to tickle the tummy of a particularly gorgeous (but rather smelly) ferret and also watched, with love in our eyes, the dog show. Katie and Ben are eager to add a dog to our ever growing animal family and Katie longs to enter a dog show (with a pooch that is!!).
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Shires and foals being judged. Gentle giants and, in some cases, highly strung youngsters!

Around all this were areas of interest: American Indians, Anglo Saxon encampment, ferrier demonstrations, a hands-on Cambridge Science tent (which Katie banned me from going in as it was too schooly), miniature railway and a very interesting Woodland Fun area where good old fashioned foot power was being used to turn wood.

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We were at the show for just a few hours and it felt like we'd just scratched the surface. The show stands stretched a long way into the distance and there was a large arena for demonstrations, historic reenactments and bands.
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Traction power to saw lengths of wood.

Oh and finally, a surprise Lancaster bomber did a low fly past - fab.
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1 comment:

dawny said...

looks like a lovely time.
we had a Lancaster bomber fly by at a show we went to , very moving isn't it.