When the sun shines, there is no finer place to be than in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside! This year's White Horse Show was truly blessed with two brilliant days of weather that pulled in the crowds from near and far.
The weather is the only thing you cannot control at the White Horse Show and for everything else, there is Waymark’s Ed Preece, who for the last four years has had the rewarding task of making sure that this important annual event runs smoothly.
We saw Ed and his team of many volunteers tirelessly make sure that everybody was having a fantastic time. HQ’ed in a white double-decker bus near the main arena, it is fair to say that the White Horse Show committee delivered one of the best shows on record.
The Waymark Prosecco tent was a roaring success as this year saw an increase in the number and variety of foods and beverages available. We suspect that many visitors used the excuse of the midday sun to quench their thirst with a drink or two! When we dropped by the Beer Tent on Sunday afternoon, the Ukey Dukes certainly had the crowds joining in!
The different ‘zones’ definitely had something for everyone and as you enter the show, straight away, you were taken back to a bygone era of motoring with a fine display of classic vehicles.
It was then into the main marquee where over 70 different stalls offered a fantastic range of arts and crafts. There were some skills as old as the hills that surround the show and others offering a modern craft that is still at home in a country show. It is was a great opportunity to try something new with lace-making able to calm a very excited six-year-old.
Less of a surprise was the popularity of the fudge and we are still debating if salted caramel, coffee chocolate or banana is our favourite.
Moving back outside and the range of things to watch and get involved in seemed endless. There was everything from beekeeping to lumberjack skills and for those with a keen eye, you could try archery, air rifles or test your shotgun skills.
What always makes these events so interesting is the people who come and share their passion or interest. On such a beautiful day, the model boats provided some tranquil respite from the engines and animals.
The main arena played host to a range of different spectacles. There was the grace and grandeur of the shire horses, contrasted by the insane antics of BoldDogs stunt motorbikes.
This years show was definitely something special. The weather certainly helped along with the army of volunteers who give up many hours of preparation to make these two days happen. The range of stalls and exhibitions was one of the best ever and not being at all biased, the Waymark Prosecco Bar was definitely our thirst-quenching highlight!