Cheshire Show! Our only three day Country Show of the year and incorporating the eleventh English Open Chainsaw Competition! Over thirty carvers from all over the world flew in for this, and the showground throbbing with the background buzz of their saws at work. It was amazing watching them turn ordinary logs of wood into stunning works of art.
Speed carves were also taking place over the weekend, with some stunning work being produced and then auctioned in just thirty minutes. At one point, three carvers were working on just one piece – a huge grizzly bear, in an amazing, and slightly dangerous dance of saws and sawdust, which almost looked choreographed.
All in all a very successful weekend for our carvers
Of course, the rest of the showground was very busy too! The horseboarders were out for the next heat of their national competition, as were the scurry drivers – and I believe they beat the Isuzu again in the Machine Vs Beast contest! The Horsemen of the Knight were jousting and trick riding to the crowd’s delight.
In the Countryside Arena we were delighted to welcome back Ian Griffith and his team of security dogs. What I love about those dogs is how they are powerful, intimidating and not-to-be-messed-with while working, but after the show is over they are soft as butter and three year olds loved throwing their arms around them for a cuddle.
The World of Dogs area was as busy as usual – I especially enjoyed watching the Chase the Bunny competition, to which all dogs are welcome, and put in a heat against other dogs of same or similar breed. So the whippets and greyhounds were up against each other in a serious race to the lure; and the basset hound bumbled along at his own speed, with all sorts of shapes and sizes of dogs in between!
The crafts and trades were also busy. It might only be the end of August but I think a few people were thinking about Christmas already! And the food halls are always popular – as were the demonstrations of cookery by our resident chefs.
So there were ferrets and falcons, vintage cars and vintage soldiers, a fun house for the children and loads more for every member of the family. The show was bigger and better than ever and we are already looking forward to going back – especially for the Twelfth English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition in 2016!