Festive and fabulous fortieth anniversary show report - and results
Thousands of visitors helped celebrate the 40th birthday of Hurst Show & Country Fayre last weekend.
The show sizzled on Saturday, but had gentler, perfect, weather on Sunday.
Show chair Sue Payne said: “We kept everyone well hydrated with bargain priced water supplies, lots of shady tents and even a dogs’ paddling pool. Unusually, a water pistol squirting child’s efforts were widely welcomed.
“We sold 2,700 soft drinks and 1,633 glasses of beer and cider. Visitor numbers were lower on Saturday, but we had huge crowds the next day. It was buzzing.”
Children from St Nicholas Primary School gave the show a rousing start, singing a specially written celebration song.
Pupils wrote the words which were set to music by Tom Lowe of Twyford, a former pupil.
A stirring new attraction, Reading Scottish Pipe Band youth section, drew huge applause.
Hurst’s singing dog, Kaspar, failed to join in with the music though. At home he sings to 12-year-old band member Poppy Willson’s playing.
Eyes were on Kaspar to see if he would accompany an entire pipe band. Poppy’s dad Nick Willson said: “The band played brilliantly. Kaspar though was rather distracted by all the other sights and sounds.”
The show was opened by a founder, Chris James, current chair Sue Payne and former chairs David Lochman and Sarah Barnard and a show favourite, traction engine owner Arthur Honey.
Peter Head, former PE teacher at St Crispins School, Wokingham and show MC for every show except one, said the 40 years were a wonderful achievement.
Former chairs, John Edwards and Duncan Kendall, joined a 40th gathering on the show field. Current vice chair Suzy Turner made three celebration cakes and also created a history display.
There was a record turnout of 100 cars and motorbikes for the classic vehicles display, with Mike Fayers of Shinfield winning the best entry on both days. His 1967 E type Jaguar and 1961 Austin Healey caught the eye.
Wokingham Pony Club played gymkhana games, in memory of the first show, staged to raise money for St Nicholas Primary, Hurst. The show will announce later how much it can give to local good causes including the school.
A new discovery trail looking for fun facts proved popular. Country crafts included woodturners, a wheelwright and a traction engine. Many tractors were on display.
Arena attractions included birds of prey, search and rescue dogs, Hurst Morris People, dog agility and Elements Dance & Theatre’s display. Hurst Village Society’s archery, a dog show, an art show and a music tent were all popular.
Guess what crushed car was: Daniel de Mounteney. It was a Volvo V40 i estate, current weight 960kg.
Terrier racing. Winners: Gus, owned by Tony Essex and Taffy owned by Linzi Bulpitt. Champion of champions was Taffy.
Saturday: Puppy, Remi, owned by Louise Garland; Golden oldie, Sapphire, Mike Dunstan; cross breed, Dory, Annette Gent; pedigree, Flo, Mrs Barrett; beautiful lady, Millie, David Andres; handsome gentleman, Frantzen, Jo Rodger; appealing eyes, Bert, Ollie Lapish; six legs, Gus, Tony Essex.
Sunday: Puppy, Poppy, Matthew Bolton; golden oldie, Honey, Anthony Canziani; cross breed, Alfie, Paul Cunningham; pedigree, Inca, Julie Fleming; beautiful lady, Circe, Fliss Seymour Morris; handsome gentleman, Boston, Graham Cairns; appealing eyes, Max, Jeff, six legs, Prince, Karen Smith.
Best in show: Boston, Graham Cairns.
Classic vehicles, both days, Mike Fayers’ E type Jaguar and Austin Healey.
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