Monday, 22 August 2011

Rootin Tootin Great Western Motorhome Show, Yee Haa!

Grasshopper and I joined thousands of enthusiastic motorcaravan owners and wannabes at the 7th Great Western Motorhome Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Saturday 20th.  When not dodging the downpour we perused the vast array of American and European Motor Homes on show, sang along to the Country and Western Bands, and indulged in a bit of motor home related shopping!  It was also good to catch up with friends Jan and Terry who we met in France earlier this year.

''Gittin' together at the Tradin' Post''
The busy showground looked like a film set as many visitors embraced the spirit of the event by dressing in imaginative western garb.  Sharpshooters researching satellite systems, graceful Southern Belles sheltering in the tea tent, an Indian Chief, his Squaw and their papoose weighing up different motor homes  - all slightly bizarre and great fun. 

Mean gunslingers, hardened cavalry men, tough Sheriffs and State Marshalls staged exciting shoot-outs several times a day in the ‘Lone Star’ group’s re-enactments. 

''Come on in and rest awhile''
Visitors with a fancy to live like the Wild West frontiersmen and women were given a glimpse of life in covered wagons complete with authentic artefacts, cooking pots, utensils and weapons.

Frontierswoman modelling a bustle.

Creating Traditional Beadwork
Native American enthusiasts demonstrated traditional crafts, dancing and poetic sign language.  Curious visitors were welcomed into cosy tepees, wigwams and wick-i-ups and shown how to do the intricate beadwork decorating clothing and accessories.

If you are interested in motorhoming and missed the show this year, put it in your diary for 2012.  See you there.

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