Kent Chilli Farm Festival 2014

What an absolute blast the weekend has been. Paintscrapers certainly got themselves noticed for all the right reasons! First, we were the only club to camp on the space reserved for club camping. This led to us have a massive amount of space and absolutely no neighbours at all. We even had our own exclusive access to some very well looked after toilets.

It was very nice to be able to gain access to the show early on Friday afternoon. It gave us a chance to pitch our individual awnings and set up our club tent central to everyone. As always, club members pitch in to help each other out, sometimes with physical efforts and at other times with simple banter, which in my opinion is a main ingredient to a great weekend and a cracking club.

Friday evening gave the Paintscrapers a chance to get a first look at the show itself and see what was going on and of course check out the wonderful hospitality inside of the beer tent!!

Although most of the stalls were setting up that evening ready for the next day it was clear that there was going to be lots to see and do on Saturday. The younger ones in particular enjoyed some great fairground rides but we did notice some of the older members getting in on the action as well. Attentions soon turned toward the activities inside the main marquee, it’s refreshments were very welcome as were some of the food stalls which stayed open until quite late. One lady even told us while serving us chips that she had had a baby just three days prior! So a warm and grateful, if not slightly slurred, congratulations go out to her. Although we do have to ask her “What the hell were you doing here?”[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-chilli-02.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”371″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″]The entertainment for the Friday evening was great and certainly well received by us all. From young through to old we all had a boogie and thoroughly enjoyed what is fast becoming our favourite ska band ‘The Curb Pilots’. The sun smiled on us for all of Saturday which certainly helped us through the morning ‘fuzzy head syndrome’ that seems to be a frequent illness when camping for many of us. Once bacon sarnies and copious amounts of tea and coffee had been consumed it was time to check out what was going on inside the show ground.

The show offered plenty of things to do regardless of what your individual interests were. There was a vast amount of machinery of all types to check out a great deal of stalls selling a vast variety of wares. Definitely something for everyone, while both groups and individuals popped in and out of the show enjoying various aspects of it throughout the day.

As the day drew on attention once again turned toward the evening and its social side. An individual yet collective barbeque was organised. There was also a fair amount of speculation on the outfits that were going to be donned so that we were in keeping with the theme of the shows evening entertainment of ‘Country & Western’, or as some of the men seem to interpret it “blokes in drag or nearly nothing at all!” The ladies all looked stunning as always but effort was made by everyone.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-chilli-03.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”371″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″]As we walked collectively to the marquee for the evenings frivolities attentions were definitely all on the Paintscrapers. The majority of it was to do with a certain individual having stuffed socks in to boxers and donned not a lot else. Both girls and boys heads were turned by Craig Mantle’s outfit. Musically we enjoyed a country & western singing performance by Talia Smith who starred on this years The Voice. But for us the night was stolen by a 50’s rock and roll band called ‘This Little Girl and The Dillicats’. Plenty of shapes being thrown out there by the Paintscraper gang until the last song.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-chilli-05.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”339″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″]A big feature of the evening was the mechanical bull which most of the blokes and a few of the women seemed to have a try at getting the best time. Most fell off at about 16 seconds and from what we hear it’s not the only thing that most of the blokes manage to last for 16 seconds… a pint on a hot day just hits that spot and has to be downed quick!!!!

Sunday certainly saw a big rise in the numbers of people at the show, but having sat round the camp fire until the small hours of the morning we, the Paintscrapers, still had the club camping field to ourselves. Again the breakfast got washed down with vats of teas and coffees and the occasional “I am never drinking again comment” were met with “Pah” and “Yeah right!”

The stalls did themselves proud again selling a great variety and even if you weren’t in the mood to part with some cash there was plenty to browse and plenty to keep your attention. The centre of the show on both days was a parade of various clubs and machines from the very old steam engines to the very loud trikes. There was an interesting dog display that, as I understand it, went very well until one dog decided to break ranks and that was it, confusion reigned. Up to that point from what I hear it was an impressive display of obedience and coordination. Though some of us had to leave early, the majority stayed on and enjoyed popping to and fro from club campsite to the show, spending a few quid here and there and comparing stories on the night before.

I think we can safely say that all who went had a great time and that we will be back for more fun and frolics next year. That’s frolics Nik Cornwell not frocks!!

Photos © Martin Edwards

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