The 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival was held 10-12th August, at South Zeal, near Okehampton. As usual, there was an impressive programme: to quote from their web site – “fantastic weekend of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, song and music sessions, children’s festival, craft displays, folk service, Dartmoor ramble and much more.”

The weather could have been kinder. After the long heat wave, we were into the wet weather that followed it and while many of the events planned for the village hall, pubs and showground marquees went ahead as usual, most of the outdoor finery and foolery was moved into the main event marquee.

A major attraction was, of course, the DPA stand!  This was staffed over the weekend by Derek Collins and Val Barns, with help on Sunday from Keith Ryan. It was located, as in previous years, in the craft and trade marquee.

 

The DPA stand, ready for business

The DPA stand, ready for business

 

I took some photographs early in the morning before I forgot about them altogether, with Derek Collins on the stand; Val Barns and Keith Ryan were also present.

 

Dartmoor Magazine, often our neighbour at shows

Dartmoor Magazine, often our neighbour at shows

 

For several years now, our neighbour at this show has been the Dartmoor Magazine stand, with editor, Sue Viccars.

 

Scene in the main Trade marquee

Scene in the main Trade marquee

 

The photograph above is simply a scene in the craft and trade marquee during the morning.

 

The main Events marquee

The main Events marquee

 

The main events marquee is always a very large one  – so big that they put the bar in the near end.

 

Morris dancers in the main marquee

Morris dancers in the main marquee

 

South Zeal’s own Tinners Morris walking the walk, or should I say, dancing the dance?

 

Ferret racing is here again

Ferret racing is here again

 

One of the attractions that wasn’t moved indoors was the ferret racing.

 

Various side marquees ready for business

Various side marquees ready for business

 

There were the usual smaller ,arquees and gazebos around the edge of the showgroud …..

 

Some of the available refreshments

Some of the available refreshments

 

…. including the usual refreshments.

 

Ferret racing, getting ready

Ferret racing, getting ready

 

The ferret racing got the onlookers quite stirred up on accasion …..

 

Ferret

Ferret

 

I have to confess, I haven’t seen a ferret up close and personal for some time – I remember an old farm worker having them in my childhood, in a bygone age!

 

The start of a children's ferret race

The start of a children’s ferret race

 

I noticed one race was for children and quite an event it was, although I didn’t stay for the end of formalities.

 

Ferret racing crowd …..

Ferret racing crowd …..

 

Above, the ferret racing crowd still shouting.

 

The Children's Festival area

The Children’s Festival area

 

The children’s festival area was active throughout much of the day …..

 

Bubbles galore

Bubbles galore

 

This appeared to be a bubble-blowing competition?

 

The DPA APY Wagon, sitting in the shade

The DPA APY Wagon, sitting in the shade

 

The DPA’s extremely useful APY Wagon, sitting against a hedge – see, the sun did shine some of the time!