My first time at The Denbigh Show and it was a blast……literally!
From start to end the whole day was eventful. After getting all the stalls set up, the crowds started to filter in so I took a wander around to see the different aspects of the show.
I started with Flower Show. This year marked the 75th Annual Denbigh Flower Show, in which there were many different competitions. They had almost 300 classes covering all aspects of horticulture and floristry as well as sections for art, handicrafts, cookery and photography. There were also sections dedicated to younger competitors. The winners were to be announced at the end of the show.
After looking around all the wonderful classes I took a walk over to the classic cars, it was fascinating to see them all because they were 2 times, even 3 times older than me! After having a chat with one of the owners about their car I found out how much knowledge they have. There was one owner in particular, who did not primarily think of his car as a classic but after taking his car to a few of the shows closer to home he now travels across the country to attend many different shows. All the cars are in pristine condition, you can just tell how much love their owners have for them.
In the main arena, in the middle of the field there was two performances from the Stannage International Stunt Team. A truly family affair, the team consists of ‘Dad’ Mark Stannage, ‘Mum’ Janine Stannage, ‘Son’ Aaron Stannage, ‘Friend’ Conor Brennan and ‘Nephew’ Jordan Paton, known collectively at the Stannage Stunt Team.
Their first performance included bicycles being ridden backwards, a quad bike on two wheels and motorcycles being ridden over people and jumping over vans, with all the family getting involved. They even set their own nephew on fire. The crowds reacted well to the whole performance and people were looking forward to them closing the event.
Once their first performance was over I took a snoop in the food hall, I discovered loads of lovely treats inside. From honey, to fudge and gorgeous looking cakes. I was tempted by everything in there!
Some of the unique attractions/stalls included the Tropical Roadshow (which was owned by Contact Pets), ferret handling, alpacas, personalised glass engraving provided by Amazengrave and even Bella the Prosecco Van was in attendance!
It was then time for the Fun Dog Show! There were four categories and they were judged by the VIP panel in ‘Strictly’ style. The different categories were the Best Dog, the Scruffiest Dog, Dog That Looks Like It’s Owner and Best Dog Trick. Being able to get into the arena to take photographs of the dog competitors was brilliant, they were all winners in my eyes. Whether it was Dewi winning best dog or Popcorn trying to run away, the competition was strong!
To close the main arena was the second and final performance from the Stannage Stunt Team. This was to be bigger and better than the first performance, with some of the same stunts performed again it was then time to introduce the additional stunts. Up went Aaron on top of the hoist, he set himself alight and then jumped off, this wasn’t to be the first or last time Aaron set himself on fire during the performance. To top it all off, Aaron climbed into a coffin in the middle of the arena, we all then counted backwards from 10 and he was blown up!
I told you it was literally a BLAST!!
To end the whole day, it was time to find out who had won what class in the 75th Flower Show. Overall the winners were delighted and all competitors were happy for each other.
Until next year!
To see more of the photographs from Denbigh Show go to The Denbigh Show.