Saturday 9th August was the middle day of the Dartmoor Folk Festival at South Zeal, near Sticklepath, when volunteers Val Barns, Derek Collins, John Howell and Keith Ryan  were on duty on the DPA stand in the smaller of the two large marquees on the show ground in South Zeal.

The DPA stand.

The DPA stand.

The stand features leisure wear, books, maps, calendars, Christmas cards, water bottles, membership packs etc.

A view of the early morning crowd watching Morris dancers.

A view of the early morning crowd watching Morris dancers.

At 10 o’clock, the weather did not look very good and there were not a lot of people on the show ground. This soon changed as the ground started to fill up with festival goers.

Practicing for the hula hoop competition!

Practising for the hula hoop competition!

As can be seen in the photograph above, there were several smaller trade stands, some of them were quite interesting. The very large marquee on the left housed the “beer tent” (very important at folk festivals) and the main “concert hall”. It was huge.

The morning stage, where several acts were entertaining the "folk"!

The morning stage, where several acts were entertaining the “folk”!

The photograph above shows the smaller of the marquees where the DPA stand was located along with many other stands that were mostly of a “folky” nature although there were other Dartmoor-interest things to see – we had Dartmoor Magazine beside us and the bee skep maker on the other side – weaving straw containers for keeping bees in. If you’ve never seen one here is a web site that explains what they are. Devon Wildlife Trust was opposite us. There were also music-interest stands where folk music intruments were on show. I didn’t take a lot of photos because we were busy!

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