Bedford River Festival - Day 2

Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, July 14, 2008

I forgot my camera today, much to my disgust - however, it was brilliant sunshine, which lasted all day, so nothing to complain about.
I have split my photographs from yesterday over the two entries.
Started the day with a wander through the continental market to get something to eat - which for me was a huge sausage in a bread roll and for John some garlic and herb potatoes. We carried on up to the top of the festival to see a rock band - Paradise Non-Gratis, who turned out to be truly awful - I can honestly say that the girl was just shouting random stuff, extremely out of tune, into a microphone, the crowd that had originally gathered to watch very quickly thinned out and by the time we went to a nearby coffee stall, got a couple of lattes and were looking at the program to see what else was on, two people were left in front of the stage.  Not a great success - they were supposed to be on for an hour, but we wandered around some stalls that we didn't get a chance to look at yesterday and finished our coffees (roughly 20 minutes), and in that time they had been taken off the stage - I've no idea how they got there in the first place!!!
We made our way over to the other side of the river to see a Chinese Dragon Dance and some martial arts sword fighting and pole fighting displays. After this we went and sat in front of the acoustic stage again - John Verity and Max Milligan were about to play and having seen them before we knew we were in for a treat. They didn't disappoint, so we sat in the sunshine listening to them play the blues - fantastic guitar playing and excellent vocals, I could have sat and listened to them all afternoon, but they only got an hour the same as everyone else -  despite the fact that they drew the largest crowd I'd seen all weekend.
Today saw the arrival of the eagerly awaited raft races - anyone can build a raft and enter a team into this race. Some of the rafts only make it a few feet before they start to sink, its totally riotous and absolutely hilarious to watch. Thousands of people line the river banks to watch this and we joined them. Cheating is the name of the game here and while they are at the starting line before the race starts people are scooping up buckets of water and throwing them over their neighbouring rafts, splashing each other with oars full of water and generally trying every trick in the book to get an advantage - the gun goes off and they are away, paddling like crazy to try and get ahead - because undoubtedly within a few seconds of the off some of the rafts start to sink, some end up straying across the river instead of down it, which ends up in a mass pile up of any rafts whose path it crosses - its absolute chaos!!  There were a few rafts that got off to a flying start and basically by the time they had finished some crafts were only a few feet past the starting line - all good fun.
We watch some other river activities such as wakeboarding and slalom before we head to the noodle wagon for spicy noodles. Everything starts wrapping up around 5.30 on the Sunday and we noticed there was one last band playing on the community stage, which was very close by, so we get there in time for Trees Are Good, only to find that they didn't bother turning up.  We'd had such a great time anyway, that it really didn't matter, so we got some tasty ice creams and headed back to the car.  The end of another festival.
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starlagurl on

That band...
sounds should've just jumped up on stage with her.


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