2018 NORTH SHOW GUERNSEY
THE GUERNSEY NORTH SHOW AND BATTLE OF FLOWERS, RUN BY THE NORTHERN AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN A MAJOR EVENT IN GUERNSEY'S SUMMER CALENDAR.
The Show has its roots in Guernsey's traditional industries of Agriculture and Horticulture. Since the South Show went indoors, the North is one of only two remaining outdoor events of its type in Guernsey, the other being the West. The West Show folk would like to think that "west is best", a convenient rhyming slogan, but of course we in the north think that our show is the best of all. As they are on consecutive weeks in August, maybe you should try all three!
In the arena, the emphasis is on providing high quality entertainment of an "outdoor" nature, using a diverse pool of local talent, as well as professional and amateur entertainment from outside the island. This results in an entertaining programme of events which is always well received by spectators, and in the evening the beer tent generally puts on a good display of live music.
The Battle of Flowers is held on the afternoon of the second day, when all spectators can take part in judging the floats. Until the early 1960's the parade of floats culminated in an actual "battle" when the floats were stripped, and competitors and spectators alike bombarded each other with the flowers. Over the years though, the battle became rather too excited. Sometimes not just the flowers were thrown! Nowadays the floats survive to take part in an illuminated parade in the evening, culminating in a firework display.
The marquee and outdoor displays include Guernsey cattle, goats and agricultural produce, and there are also many amateur competitors, with a variety of entries in the fur and feather classes, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, flower arranging, cakes and baking, and the craft classes such as wood or metal working, embroidery and photography. These classes always attract a large children's entry, as well as the adult entry, and all entries are placed on display in the marquees in the Show ground.
The Show also includes a fun fair, and numerous stall-holders providing refreshments and other items for sale throughout the two days.
The whole Show is run on a voluntary basis by the NAHS Committee. Many others provide essential help of a practical or financial nature, and we are very grateful to all our supporters.
Steve is one of the most experienced attractions on the circuit - he started presenting his motorbike stunt show age six! It’s non-stop, thrill-a-minute with Dangerous Steve’s Fire and Chainsaw juggling, Giant Unicycle, Ladder Balancing and Blindfold Motorcycle riding in an hilarious and dynamic act full of sensational stunts, it’s a real crowd pleaser!
THE SPECTACULAR KNIGHTS OF THE CRUSADES
A fully self contained show and present 2 x 45 minute different stories to delight the crowds. With a 75ft Castle backdrop and their own PA system all they need is an audience and some willing young volunteers to act as Squires to the Knights and Ladies in Waiting during the displays. (Costumes provided) With period costumes and armour, rousing music and great commentary watch the tales of The Legend of King Arthur and Richard the Lionheart come to life in the arena. Watch sword play and hand to hand combat while the Knights try to win the favour of the Lady of the Day. Staging realistic fights history really does come alive on the showground.
3 Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team
3SIXTY displays have enthralled audiences around the world for over a decade. The teams trials riders have broken 11 official Guinness world records ensuring that every show has an unbeatable level of skill on display. Bespoke display equipment, a custom sound track, a full PA system and slick commentary are all provided to present amazing riding skills in a professionally formatted and engaging show!
Nick Gregory’s Misselchalke Gundogs
– a lively and enjoyable arena spectacle Nick Gregory has been training gundogs for some 20 years, with notable success. He’s both won and been runner-up in the Kennel Club’s Cocker Spaniel Championship, which he’s also judged. Internationally recognised for his expertise, he makes regular trips to the USA, where he teaches UK dog training techniques. Nick offers a unique and entertaining show. Using up to a dozen different gundogs, he skilfully demonstrates their training stages from puppy to the fully trained dog we want to own. There’s plenty of ring activity, often involving amusing incidents, with full commentary. His grand finale is exceptional, with him working up to eight dogs, usually both spaniels and Labradors, at one time in the arena. With so many dogs being handled by him alone, this is a must see for everyone.