Lambeth Country Show 2004
Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London 17th-18th July 2004
We're huge fans of the Lambeth Country Show, an annual free event in Brockwell Park, south London.
Where else could you get to see performing vultures, racing terriers, prize vegetables and bonsai trees while listening to ska, roots reggae and a brass band?
Here's our 2004 report. Be sure to check out the 2003 report too!
A brass band parps out jaunty renditions of 'Broadway Favourites' on the Village Green at Brockwell Park.
The Royal Artillery Motor Cycle Display Team wow onlookers with their exciting aerial cats of derring-do!
I always secretly hope that I'll see a balloon seller slowly float off into the distance. Sadly this vendor kept his feet firmly on the ground.
The great thing about the Lambeth Country Fair is that it gives urban kids the chance to interact with animals and learn a little about the countryside. Well, it's got to be better than playing a Playstation.
For the princely sum of one pound, you could hold an owl!
Staring at the things with wings.
Cancelled on the Saturday because of inclement weather, the parachute display was actually rather exciting. The parachutists came down fast and then did a nifty swinging manoeuvre that made it look like disaster was imminent.
A quick aerial swivel later and they were safely on the ground, to the appreciative applause of the crowd.
Fluffy duck things with natty headgear.
Inside the Flower Show tent at the Lambeth Country Show.
This is one of my favourite bits of the show, where you can find beautiful flower displays, amazing bonsai trees, curious collections of 'award winning' vegetables and rows of 'prize' cakes that are clearly the worse for wear after a weekend on display.
A pile of potatoes on display in the Flower Show tent at the Lambeth Country Show.
Not any old potatoes though - these are Bob Jackman's first prize winning potatoes which romped home in the 'potatoes, white, 4, any kind' category.
Proudly on display was this small van made entirely from match sticks!
Weird mechanical musical thing.
Called a Limonaire, this feast of cogs and wheels created a terrifying cacophony of mechanical crashes and discordant wurlitzer noises that sent small children fleeing.
If you imagine what an LSD-spiked Hammer Horror soundtrack might sound like, you'll get the idea.
» 2004 Lambeth Country Show (part two)
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