On Sunday we went to a local Young Farmers County Fair. It is held in a different location within our county each year and this year it was close enough to go and visit. The show is quite small in comparison to some, but it was a beautiful day as you can see from the photos. There was enough to see, although not loads so you didn't feel too overloaded.
We started off with a wander round the farm machinery area. I think that this tractor must have got lost though as it was definitely not an entrant for the dog show!
There are all kinds of pieces of old equipment that are no longer used, and I am not always convinced that anyone knows what they were made for years ago, but they are still interesting to look at, and have some amazing details.
Of course tractors are far more easily recognisable! I liked this display of four different sized Massey Fergusons all arranged together. Massey Fergusons are traditionally painted red.
This old Fordson was nice to see, we especially liked the little bucket that you can see on the side to catch the oil drips!
I couldn't resist the tractors again!
Then we moved on to looking at the vintage cars. This is a Morris Traveller.
A Humber Scepter and a Ford Anglia
Who can resist an E-Type Jaguar! I think that this is the one that I would like to take home.
After looking at the cars we headed over to the Fly Ball competition. This is where dogs race in teams to go over hurdles or through obstacles whilst running to collect a tennis ball. It is a sort of relay race. The noise was amazing with the owners cheering their dogs on and the dogs barking. It was all in good fun though. Some of the dogs were quite relaxed and just waited their turn to race, others had to be held back by their owners as they were so keen to set off!
I shot these pictures using the sports mode on my camera where it shoots continuously. It did an amazing job of taking lots of photos of .... nothing! However, it did also mean that I got these shots too which I was very pleased with. Although some of them are a little blurry, it really shows the dogs in action and how fast they were going.
After watching the dogs we went to see the Owl Disobedience Display. It was of course meant to be a display of various birds of prey flying and showing what they could do. However, the wind had got up a bit and it seemed to be distracting the birds, especially this Barn Owl.
No matter how much the handler tried to encourage him, he resolutely refused to do anything.
The handler tried moving him to a different perch to see if that made a difference.
Eventually the owl decided to cooperate and flew a short distance to the handler.
I think that the handler was very glad that the owl finally decided to make one flight as he seemed rather embarrassed. He had no need to as it was not his fault and of course when you are working with animals you have to accept that they are in control. We felt very sorry for him though.
The handler announced that he would stop as the owl was so unhappy, and that was probably best for all concerned as he really didn't want the owl to become stressed.
We had a look around the competition tent, but it was very crowded so it was hard to take any photos, however, I just had to get a picture of this crocheted blanket for you all to see so I waited and waited by this entry to get a photo.
After we came out there was a little wood chopping action going on. The one above is as you can tell a saw, the one below is a sort of log splitter. It was amazingly efficient, although rather scary in the way that it just forced the wood apart. You would not want to have an accident with this.
By now the owl had departed from the arena and it was time for the vintage cars to come and display themselves and for the owners to answer questions about their cars. Some of the answers were very funny. One lady was asked what sort of car she was driving and she answered "My Dad's"!! It got a laugh from everyone and fortunately the announcer knew what it was so he was able to talk about it. The poor lady must have been very embarrassed. She obviously wasn't expecting to have to talk about the car.
A Morris Mini Van and an Austin Mini Super
A Ford Anglia and a Morris Traveller
A Wolsley Hornet and a Ford Model T
I must give thanks to my hubby for telling me what all of these cars are. I know the basics, but he is the one with the details! You will be glad to know that I have reduced his details down - a lot!
Once all the cars had been introduced we went to see some of the animals. There were only a few to see. The goats were so much fun, they kept climbing on the straw bale mountain that had been arranged for them, as well as climbing on each other!
The ducks were lovely as well and of great interest to the little children.
That was our day at the County Fair! It was a nice day out and a good opportunity to get to try out my camera some more. It is nice to do these very English things from time to time.
I hope that you had a good weekend whatever you were doing.