With Dub Shed doing so well in March past the big question on everyone’s lips was whether it had now pushed Castlewellan out of the limelight or if Castlewellan would be able to hold its own.
Everywhere in Northern Ireland the night before and the morning of the show seemed to be getting a dose of rain, combine this with a few big concerts on the same day and it wasn’t exactly a great start. Arriving at the show that morning though soon changed my mind about what people were thinking. At 10.30 the place was on its way to full up and by 11.30 people were struggling for spaces. The weather was warm and dry all day and quite a few of us ended up going home a bit redder than expected.
The show as usual ran with its laid back theme of people parking up, BBQing, meeting old friends and browsing the trade stands. That is until the limbo was announced. Laid back certainly does not describe the limbo. People piled as many as they could into their cars to gain a few more precious millimeters to clear the bar for another pass with one guy cramming twenty six people into a 6N Polo and letting the air out of his tyres. That’s dedication.
Prize giving as usual left a few people with a sour taste in their mouths but not for a few of our friends including Lee who picked up Runner up Jetta/Vento for her satin grey Vento, Dee for runner-up Passat, Robin best mk4 and Ian and Paul for both Polo prizes.
So while Dub Shed may have been a roaring success it seems it hasn’t eclipsed Castlewellan yet and by the craic that was had yesterday it’ll be a long time doing so.