Village festival with all creature comforts
Sheep show, double wheel of death and extreme stunt team
A POPULAR village festival is once again expected to draw thousands of revellers through its gates.
The Chalfont St Giles Show – which has been delighting people for more than a century – takes place on Saturday September 3. And it will be returning to its ‘spiritual home’ on Stone Meadow, in the heart of the village, after it was relocated to Narcot Lane for the past two years.
Billed as a fabulous day out for all of the family, it is the biggest event in the village’s calendar and sees people from all over the county visit.
This year’s theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and the list of activities include a sheep show, a double wheel of death, a falconry centre and an extreme stunt team.
Along with this visitors can expect to be entertained by a trailer cave – where you can replicate a caving adventure while in a safe and controlled environment – balance bike adventure zone, which helps children learn how to ride a bike, chain saw carving and a gorilla show which highlights the threat of extinction the animals face.
Competitions include fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants, crafts, cookery, creative writing, and photography for the adults.
Juniors can take part in cookery, craft, creative writing, gardening and technology competitions.
Garry Brown, one of the organising committee, said preparations were going well: “Last night (Wednesday August 10) I was at it until 10 o’clock doing the site layout.
“We’ve got some great acts. There’s lots to do.”
Mr Brown said the committee had ‘tried our hardest to make it affordable’ and added everyone had been working ‘really hard’ to make sure it will be a success.
He added: “It’s all progressing really well. We’re back on Stone Meadow and hopefully the weather holds out.”
The show has raised thousands of pounds over the years for local good causes, and it is something Mr Brown is ‘really looking forward to’, despite admitting it was hard work to organise.
And he said the thing he looks forward to the most is catching up with people and old friends and added: “I love the nuts and bolts of it.
“Every time the show finishes I just come back so refreshed, I reboot.
“It’s recharging my batteries but exhausting at the same time.”