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Westmoreland Country Fest – 29th May 2011

Another early start as Duarte and myself headed off up the M6 to Crooklands at Milnthorpe and the show ground for the Westmoreland County Show. Today, was the Westmoreland Country Fest with pies, crafts, music and other entertainment. Amongst the entertainment was a jazz band, a pets corner (with the world’s smallest breed of sheep – and they were tiny) along with some dog shows and terrier racing – the events we’d been engaged to photograph.

It was raining when we set off. It was raining when we arrived and the wind was getting stronger. A heavy overcast, meant the light levels were not too good though a lot better than during our visit to Samlesbury Hall a few weeks ago. The wind was also a bit problematic, making our long lenses a little tricky to hold still.

The Companion Dog show started at 11:30 and resumed after a 20 minute break at 1:00. Terrier racing started at 12:00 and the terrier show, in a separate ring from the companion dogs began at 1:30 so it was a little tricky keeping on top of everything. Good job there were two of us.

Sun came out mid-afternoon – if you look at the pictures in the gallery you’ll be able to see when because all the colours got so much brighter.

All over just after 4:00 and a quick dash to the pie tent to get something for tea – not much left though, and all the bakers were packing up. Still I got a half price steak pie which was so much better than a Hollands, packed solid with meat and with really tasty pastry.

Then home to an evening of sorting through the day’s images. I came home with around 700 and Duarte over 1000. But don’t worry there’s nowhere near that many in the gallery. I’ve reduced mine to around 200 and Duarte is, as I write, still editing his and they should all appear in the gallery within a day or two.

Many thanks to Westmoreland County Show and Christine Knipe for allowing us access to the arenas.

Michael