Lambeth Country Show 2005
Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London 16th-17th July 2005
Now in its 31st year, the Lambeth Country Show 2005 didn't disappoint, with the beautiful weather making it one of the best ever!
Now one of the largest free events of its kind in the South East of England, there was another mad mix of entertainment on offer, including a falconry display, a Medieval joust, a Jazz Orchestra, parachuting squaddies, the Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Team, shire horses and a sheepdog showcase.
Bands on the Saturday included Dreadzone, Neville Staple, Dub Educators, The Urban Roots and Urban Dub with Sunday's show featuring Mafia & Fluxy, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Alcapone, Chukki Starr and DJ Malachi.
More chilled out sounds were on offer by the Village Green with the Cromer Smugglers, Dexter Bentley and the South London Jazz Orchestra.
As ever, there was a huge variety of food and drink on offer including the mighty Chucklehead cider, which we drank lots of.
Too much, in fact.
Here's our 2005 report.
Enormous inflatable slide.
Van Rouge, selling hand made ice cream.
We can vouch for the quality!
Sizzling balls at the Medieval joust in the main arena.
Medieval jousters in the main arena.
Steam powered band saw.
As ever, there were owls, falcons, bald eagles and other weird and wonderful flapping things on display at the Country fair. And LIVE BEES too.
We're not sure if it matches the elegance and simplicity of the triumphant Courgette Penguin of 2003, but here's the first prize 'Vegetable Animal' (kids section).
Vegetable cricket, 'Highly Commended'.
First prize animal figure.
This marvellous construction of runner beans, mushrooms, asparagus, potatoes, squash and kiwi fruit drew appreciative gasps from passers by.
It seems that a judge was so impressed that the words 'very well done' were added to the first prize certificate.
Naturally, we were delighted to learn that one of the urban75 DJs was part of the team that put together this masterpiece, although it has to be said that coming first in a field of one is not exactly an Olympian achievement.
Chums in the Flower Tent.
The lady in red wears an identifying name tag: 'Sandy Beaches, Official Tour Guide, Red Umbrella Tours'.
The Royal Artillery Parachute Display.
These guys came down very fast indeed!
The lovely people at the Chucklehead cider stall.
Shire Horse and bloke.
The commentator for the shire horse demonstration reeled off a never-ending selection of incredibly obscure facts.
'Breast in Show', Lambeth Country Fair
Country Fair favourites, the Cromer Smugglers do their thing on the Village Green.
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