After a very wet Wednesday, when some local outdoor events were cancelled, we set of at 6.30 am on Thursday from Plymouth to help Derek in setting up the DPA gazebo at the Chagford Show. Would the car park be a quagmire? Would there be tractors to pull us out? You know, the usual summertime considerations after a wet spell! We didn’t see much of anything between Yelverton and just short of Moretonhampstead because it was a little misty. It crossed my mind to ask Bernadette to walk ahead with a red flag – only we didn’t have one.

However, once we arrived, the day improved, not into sunshine, but not into rain either. We had a dry day at the Fair although there were a few of the finest drops of rain from time to time. Chagford had a good day, especially considering the alternative.

The gazebo was practically up when we arrived, just on 7.30 am. We then spent a good hour or so laying out the wares – books, maps, leisurewear, Christmas cards and calendars. Once the day started, time passed quickly at some stages and then it seemed quiet and then things picked up again. Besides Derek, Berni and myself, we were joined by Hilary Luce and then by David Auty. This gave us a chance to have lunch and take civilised breaks.

As with the other Shows, the DPA coffers have benefitted once again.

Some photographs from the show ……

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Dartmoor National Park and Dartmoor Preservation Association stands neighbouring.

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General early morning view along one of the lanes – there was a Ferris wheel in another photograph!

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Editor Sue Viccars and Lisa Jenkins on the Dartmoor Magazine stand.

The photograph above shows Sue, Editor of Dartmoor Magazine (Twitter @dartmoormag)  and Lisa Jenkins of Dartmoor Accommodation on the Dartmoor Magazine stand.

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Jenny How and friends on the Active Dartmoor stand.

The photograph above shows Jenny How (Twitter @activedartmoor) and friends on the Active Dartmoor stand.

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Berni with calendars and Christmas cards.

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Typical scene at the DPA stand.

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“Live” music, particularly good was the sixties instrumental sounds, but there were several different acts, all worth hearing. Well done to all of them.

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Another typical scene.

 

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Derek Collins and David Auty.