Yesterday was the annual Banbury & District Show here in Banbury. Held as always in Spiceball Park, the usual fairground rides were there and there was the standard selection of fairground food – burgers, chips, donuts, chocolate, cotton candy (or candy floss, if you prefer) and the like.
There was also a fine representation of the many local businesses, groups and organizations from around town.
The thing I love about the show, however, is the demos and the performances.
- There was a steady stream of dance performances from the local dance academies (Danielle Buick Dance, Implexa Dance, Julie Bruce Dance, and Kaleidoscope Dance). It really wasn’t until this weekend that I realized quite how many of these groups there are in the area. Banbury and environs has a damned impressive supply of tapping toes and dancing feet.
- The Banbury Cross Flyball team held some demonstration races – clearly, it’s not a bad thing for sports to go to the dogs on occasion.
- The City of Coventry Corps of Drums, a long established and well-known youth marching band marched around the central arena with precision and I am not the only one who was charmed by the two youngest members doing their best to keep in step with their older, longer-legged band mates. They did so beautifully.
- The Brackley & District Brass Band was on hand as well, proving music on the performance stage
- The Xtreme Stunt Team (no, I did not misspell that – it’s their thing) was on hand making motorcycles and bikes do things they aren’t meant to do.
The morning drizzle did make for a slightly damp start but the ground on those two fields was in pretty good shape so everything went on according to schedule and things did brighten up about half way through. A full day of:
- kids with painted faces waving flags and carrying balloons,
- parents trying to keep track of those same flags and balloons while the kids were on the rides,
- dogs greeting each other in the usual way (sniffing out the competition for handsomest or most well-behaved dog prizes awarded later in the day)
- petting zoo animals being adorable as only they can
- a live link to London to celebrate the Queen’s birthday
Well done to the Banbury Town Council team for their hard work and thanks to the vendors who came out and gave everyone such a good time. Once again, dungeekin’s flickr features some of our favourite moments from the day – a few of which I feature here – but there ARE a lot of them, so I’ve given the Banbury & District Show 2016 album it’s own page.