Steam & Country Show, Monmouth
4th May 2014
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We started our day by meeting on the A449 at 8.30am. The drive to the show ground went without incident and we soon arrived at the show ready to put up our event shelter and make our first cup of tea and coffee. There was the usual auto jumble to keep us amused for a little while. One of our members even found a bargain by buying those little drill bits that always go missing or break when you donít want them to. There was a lot going on in the arena with classic cars, bikes, tractors all doing their bit to show the public their vehicles and having them talked about by the ringmaster in a silly top hat, but it was all in fun.

Walking around the various stalls some selling, some just showing, I noticed that they even had a pen full of sheep so that the children could stroke them and understand more about them. There were an unusual amount of dogs at the show and this is because in one area there was a dog show going on. This was just one thing and there was more, with wood carving done with a chainsaw by a woman, see photos, a tug of war by teams of women, men and mixed teams - to tell you the truth I would not like to meet any of them on a dark night. We took a walk to the ruined castle for some photos and noticed there was a museum there but we never went in. Soon it was time for dinner and a chat in the gazebo. After that it was time to look at more classic and vintage cars and talk to the owners who are always pleased to talk about the pride and joy of owning such a vehicles. Soon it was time to go home and we all split up as we were going in different directions so with a few goodbyes and a wave or two we set off for home.  

Report by Geoff