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.
Also, one gear forward, one gear back!