The second Tuesday in September is traditionally the date of Widecombe Fair. This year is probably the sixth year that the DPA has had a presence, the earliest blog post on the subject is from September 2014, on the old blog. Well done to Derek Collins and Phil Hutt for their early start to put up the double-gazebo. Val Barns, Keith & Berni Ryan arrived about 9.30 am in time to help with finishing touches to the usual display of DPA merchandise before the public opening for the first events occurring at 10.00 am.

Mind you, the Horse and Pony Classes in the Agricultural Display started at 9.00 am. There were 20 classes for them, 10 classes for Cattle, and 30 classes for Sheep. There is also a Dog Show with 10 classes. Tis truly is a big agricultural show with a lot of old and new machinery to see, as well as many crafts and an extensive show for flowers and vegetable produce. Besides all that, there is a lot of general interest  and a variety of food outlets – and one large liquid refreshment tent!

On the entertainment side, there were 24 musical / folk acts in the programme, including Devon Border Morris (based in Meavy) and Wreckers Border Morris (from the Tamar Valley). The acts appeared at three venues: the Main Stage in the Fair Field, the Acoustic Stage on the Village Green and in the garden of The Rugglestone pub. The entertainment finishes at 24.00!

As with the previous show, I have taken to just putting a caption on each of the umpteen photographs below without further text. If I were to write for each photograph, I would be here until Widecombe Fair. We hope you enjoy this pictorial visit to the Fair.

 

Widecombe School Maypole dance

Widecombe School Maypole dance

 

 

Banquet Banned, 10.00 in the beer tent, Medieval and Renaissance music

Banquet Banned, 10.00 in the beer tent, Medieval and Renaissance music

 

 

Early customers outside the beer tent, backing onto the Main Ring

Early customers outside the beer tent, backing onto the Main Ring

 

 

There are 20 classes of ponies and horses to be judged in the 2019 programme - you tell me!

There are 20 classes of ponies and horses to be judged in the 2019 programme – you tell me!

 

 

Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Wildlife Trust

 

 

Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Wildlife Trust

 

 

General scene

General scene

 

 

Ready for business …..

Ready for business …..

 

 

Clydesdale ….."

“So, he thinks he’s a Clydesdale …..”

 

 

Some of the sheep pens

Some of the sheep pens

 

 

There are so many Dartmoor Whiteface that they call them Widecombe Whiteface - they did originate around Widecombe

There are so many Dartmoor Whiteface around here that they call them Widecombe Whiteface – they did originate around Widecombe

 

 

The MG Ransomes Crawler tractor, with disc harrows and plough

The MG Ransomes Crawler tractor, with disc harrows and plough

 

 

A familiar view from my youth, around 1960, left and right braking levers, and a motorbike throttle

A familiar view from my youth, around 1960, left and right braking levers, and a motorbike throttle

 

Also, one gear forward, one gear back!

 

The plough - I was allowed to scuffle, tine harrow, chain harrow, roll with the granite roller, use the trailer - but never plough!

The plough – I was allowed to scuffle, tine harrow, chain harrow, roll with the granite roller, use the trailer – but never plough!

 

 

"Our Lizzie"

“Our Lizzie”

 

 

Luckily, the cider arrived in time …..

Luckily, the cider arrived in time …..

 

 

Entrance to the Crafts Field

Entrance to the Crafts Field

 

 

The Crafts Field

The Crafts Field

 

 

Hatherleigh's Town Crier

Hatherleigh’s Town Crier, the top of her staff shows modelled tar barrels. Twelve members of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers competed in their regalia. They were accompanied by their consorts

 

 

General scene, 2 pm

General scene, 2 pm

 

 

Dartmoor Border Morris, from Meavy

Dartmoor Border Morris, from Meavy

 

 

Dartmoor Border Morris

Dartmoor Border Morris

 

 

Oliver Wheeldon, oliverwheeldonmusic.com

Oliver Wheeldon, oliverwheeldonmusic.com

 

 

Oliver Wheeldon

Oliver Wheeldon

 

 

Start of the first of several heats of terrier racing, always amusing

Start of the first of several heats of terrier racing, always amusing

 

 

A moment to pose for the camera

A moment to pose for the camera

 

 

Lining up for the parade of machinery

Lining up for the parade of agricultural machinery

 

 

A Massey Ferguson 188

A Massey Ferguson 188

 

 

Are we ready?

Are we ready?

 

 

"Our Lizzie"

“Our Lizzie”

 

The MG Ransomes Crawler

The MG Ransomes Crawler

 

 

A seed drill - I remember one of these behind a heavy horse!

A seed drill – I remember one of these behind a heavy horse!

 

 

Uncle Tom Cobley Race entrants waiting to start - is that Hollow Tor?

Uncle Tom Cobley Race entrants waiting to start – is that Hollow Tor?

 

 

More zoomed and cropped …..

More zoomed and cropped …..

 

 

They're coming!

They’re coming!

 

 

First 3 runners approaching the Main Ring

First 3 runners approaching the Main Ring

 

 

Almost home …..

Almost home …..

 

 

First man home

First man home

 

 

Uncle Tom Cobley (aka Tony Deeble) on Lilli, owned by Mrs Lynne Moyse

Uncle Tom Cobley (aka Tony Deeble) on Lilli, owned by Mrs Lynne Moyse

 

 

The tower of St. Pancras Church, Widecombe, also known as the Cathedral of the Moor

The tower of St. Pancras Church, Widecombe, also known as the Cathedral of the Moor, with Honeybag Tor behind

 

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