Rain Doesn't Stop Play at Taunton Flower Show
By marion_TLocal | Sunday, August 05, 2012, 14:07
Day two of Taunton Flower Show saw thousands through the gate, despite the thundery showers. The sun was hot between the rain and most people seemed to have come with brollies and Mac's so no one really paid any attention to the weather and just got on with enjoying their day. I think if anything the weather was a plus as last year people were wilting a bit in the heat, the periodic downpours just kept things comfortably cool and it was pleasant both in and out of the canvas of the competition and trade tents.
Taunton Flower Show-Taunton Deane DLO
Taunton Flower Show 2012 chainsaw sculpture by wingfield sculptures
The food hall seemed to be doing a good trade, it was packed and there was a huge crowd for the arena events which continued uninterrupted, even when the heavens opened. The sheep show was hilarious, as someone who has worked with sheep in the past, I thought it would be a bit old hat to me but this guy was extremely entertaining with some very near the knuckle remarks and very educational. I think everyone was shocked when he said a fleece only sells for £1.20 at the moment and £1 goes to the shearer, so now they know what the farmers complain about!
The standard of show gardens were once more stunning, the Japanese Tea Garden was proving of great interest to the crowd along with the Diamond Jubilee Garden which consisted of diamond boxes, representing each decade of HM's reign.
Taunton Deane did us proud with their Olympic track along with Monkton Elm's own anniversary offering,looking back on 30 years.
The Knights of the Stampede Stunt Company were very impressive and how they didn't actually hurt eachother I don't know,especially when the rain came but they kept on going, a great show.
The sheepdog demonstration ,herding the geese was also a big crowd pleaser, especially for the children,some of whom got to join in.
The Merry England theme this year meant there was bow shooting an sword play to be learned in the children's area, which as you can imagine was very popular too.
If I had to choose a favourite thing this year,it had to be the huge wooden chainsaw sculptures that were dotted around the site, despite their size, they blended in so well that some were not spotted straight away but they really were impressive..want one!
All in all it looked like a great success to me, well done once again Adrian and the team,another one under the belt. Here's to next year.