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Swaton Show 25th

by Roy and Chris

This year was the 25th Anniversary Meeting so it was an important day for the organisers of the event. New for this year was that exhibitors could turn up on Saturday.

There was a run out during the afternoon which called in at the brewery at Heckington Windmill, which is fairly close to Swaton. I was told that approximately 25 vehicles of all types went on this run; this all helped to raise money for charities.

Camping was allowed overnight. Sunday is the main day here and it is very well supported for a village show.

I arrived early in the morning, by which time the Bandit Owners’ Club had their stand firmly established. Luckily it was dry, with a breeze that took away the extreme heat of the previous day. The show opened to the public at 10.00, with the first event in the main ring being a Novelty Dog Show with eleven awards for different classes.

There is lots of egg throwing at this show with the final event being “The World Egg Trebuchet Challenge”; this attracts competitors from all corners of the globe!! I was amazed at the distance these gravity-powered machines can hurl those eggs.

There is certainly a lot of variety at this show – there are commercial vehicles, stationary engines, vintage tractors, cars and motorcycles. All the sections did well. Joss Bourne, who organises the motorcycle section, was well pleased when over 100 machines turned up;

this included several outfits and trikes. Several motorcycle clubs turned up and set up their club stands.

Plenty of riders just turned up on the day and swelled the numbers .The oldest motorcycle that I spotted was a 1924 BSA this looked fun to ride. In a large marquee there was a selection of craft stands plus a refreshment bar.

Nearby was the music stage, which featured 6 bands playing during the day.

For the younger children a fairground had been set up. For the adults a real ale bar was supplied by Heckington Brewery and this was well supported. As well as all this there was a range of trade and charitable stands, with plenty to look at and to do.

During the morning the Lancaster bomber from the Memorial Flight at Coningsby flew over the showground three times; we were extra lucky when, in the afternoon, a Hawker Hurricane did a similar flypast as well. It was nice to hear the roar of the engines roar on both machines. The final event of the day was the “Grand Draw”, with 6 cash prizes up for grabs.

At the end of the rally exhibitors were given a commemorative mug; in previous years this usually featured a vehicle from one of the groups on display; however this year, being the 25th Anniversary Year, the mug featured five small pictures – one from each of the major displays. This could have been one of the most successful shows yet,

and the good weather certainly helped bring the people out. This is a very well run show – a slickly-run event by a well-organised team. Over the years this show has raised more than £100,000 for local and national charities, together with other good causes.

There is something for everybody to do here. I am certainly looking forward to going again next year.