Cheshire is one of our biggest shows, and host to the 12th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. It seemed even bigger this year – six fields full of attractions certainly meant a lot of walking!
The 12th English Open started early on Saturday morning with the carvers anxious to get a good start. We had about thirty carvers from all over the world so if was a real international flavour and fascinating to try and work out – from a few lines in marker pen – what these artists had in mind.
I then wandered up to see what was happening at archery and shooting – they were busy from the start, and the two young ladies in archery – both of whom have represented the UK in their sport – gave young Daniel a good lesson, while in shooting, Luke did really well!
Chase the Bunny is always popular – and I love it when dogs ‘grin’ while they’re running, as this lovely pointer did. We had a record number of minor breeds surrounding the dog arena, while the lurcher racing, terrier showing and gun dog scurries were also busy all weekend. And in the fun dog show, the prize for ‘Dog Most Like Owner’ was an easy win for Daisy and her mum!
Meanwhile over by the fishing pond, where young Leo caught his first fish with huge delight, Bethany was trying on hats in the history village where a few different eras were represented, but appeared to be living in harmony.
I popped into the craft tent on my way back, where all srts of demonstrations were fascinating the passers by – including some clver landscaping with collage by Giles Davies, who was enjoying his first show. In the cookery tent, a lesson on seafood preparation was going on, and I was tempted to stay, but headed back over to the chainsaw field, where to carvings were moving on at speed.
Of course the lovely weather helped – and we enjoyed huge crowds all weekend, and especially on the Monday. The horseboarders enjoyed drier ground than they have had at the last few shows, and Shadowquest were amazing as usual in the dog arena.
Meanwhile, after a hard fought contect, the winner of the Classic competition in the Chainsaw field was Danny Thomas of the UK with his stunning elephant sculpture.
Another blog post to follow with all the details of the other winners and more pictures of their amazing sculptures.
Meanwhile, just over a week until Sandringham Game and Country Show. Hope to see some of you there?