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Country Fair – Factoid Number 14!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 14

Did you know?  

A sheep dog is generally a breed of dog used in connection with the raising of sheep?

Obvious you might say! But do you know how many different types there are? They usually include pastoral dogs which guard sheep and other livestock and herding dogs.

Such dogs are used in all parts of the world, from Cornwall to the Himalayas to Australia. There are at least 42 types of livestock guardian dogs and 75 herding and droving dogs – a total of 117. See how many you can list without using Google.

We’re really pleased that Norman will once again be bringing his amazing sheep dogs along to the show. They can round up anything from sheep to herds of children!

8 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

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Country Fair – Factoid Number 13!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 13

Did you know?  

You get by with a little help from your friends.

The Country Fair is run entirely by volunteers. There is a small committee which coordinates the event but when it comes to running the show we have to rely on local support to make it happen.

In 2015 over 90 people were involved over the weekend of the fair, most on show day. That’s about a fifth of the population of St Ewe and the hamlets of Polmassick, Pengrugla and Kestle. It just shows what a fantastic community we have as almost all of the helpers were from the parish or close by.

We need lots of help again this year, especially as some of our previous stalwarts are not available. Pretty much anyone in the village will point you in the direction of John or Karen who keep on top of the main list of who does what, contact us as below or mention it in the pub, church, village hall and at Gorran School.

9 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 12!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 12

Did you know?  

About the talking dog?

We always hold a fun dog show at the Fair. One year someone enquired if we had a category for talking dogs? Sceptical, the judges asked for proof. The owner took his canine friend over to the wood turner’s tent and selecting a piece of sandpaper asked the dog what he thought. The dog ran his paw over the sandpaper and replied “Ruff”. He won best in class.

There are categories for all kinds of proud pooch, motley mongrel and perfect puppy. We’re very happy to have dogs on leads at the fair so please bring yours along this year and be sure to enter the show.

10 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown to the great event we post a new factoid here each week.

Put the date in your diary – 21 AUGUST 2016.

You can look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 11!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 11

Did you know?  

Where the expression ‘fed up’ came from?

Apparently, it was the term used when a hawk was full of food and therefore not very inclined to hunt or do anything for its master. Today we use the term when we are bored and sat around doing nothing.

Hunting with birds of prey is thought to have originated in the Far East as far back as 1700BC. It is likely to have reached Britain around AD 860. The invention of gunpowder saw a great decline in hunting with hawks as a gun was more effective. At the beginning of the 20th Century it was almost extinct. Luckily, it has seen a revival, particularly for display.

We are pleased that our friend Julian from Countryside Hawking will once again be at the fair flying his amazing birds of prey – a spectacular sight not to be missed.

11 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 10!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 10

Did you know?  

About the mystery of the vanishing sheep?

Over the years we’ve had many different types of livestock on show at the fair. Horses, goats, alpacas, geese, hens, ducks, bantams, sheep and many others have clucked, honked, neighed and entertained young and old alike. This year we hope to have a good selection of creatures for visitors to see.

Early in the history of the event we had on show some rare breed sheep, so rare in fact that they vanished before the event opened to the public. Perhaps they were feeling ‘sheepish’. Luckily they were discovered in one of the tents some say enjoying a cream tea, others thought a pint and pasty. What variety of rare breed you may ask? Houdini’s!

12 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 9!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 9

Did you know?  

Tents can fly?

We used to borrow a marquee from ECC and this was still the case in 2007. The type with large wooden poles and plenty of guy ropes. As you can imagine, this brought a smile to the faces of the former Boy Scouts amongst our helpers. Fun was had hammering, hauling, knotting and tensioning until after much blood and sweat the erection was complete.

Now this tent was shall we say getting on a bit and 2007 was very windy. Poles pirouetted, pegs pulled, lashings loosened and guys gave. We had lift off, a maiden flight. Questions were asked, “Was it a bird, was it a plane or was it Richard hanging on for dear life as he impersonated Superman. Sadly the flight was short, landing was on the roof of the toilets. Tears were shed, an insurance claim processed and the marquee R.I.P.

13 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 8!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 8

Did you know?  

It rains a lot in Cornwall – sometimes in August

And boy did it rain in 1996. Despite the weather hardy souls succeeded in setting up the show. Now, we have had rain before but it has cleared up for the day – not in ’96.

In fact it got heavier and heavier and in torrential rain the decision was made to abandon the event and a soaked set of volunteers turned away those brave souls who had still made an attempt to attend.

This washout resulted in only £451 being raised, our lowest ever total.

Remember entry forms for the Horticultural Show and stall holder booking forms are available on line and in print by request. Contact as below.

14 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 7!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 7

Did you know?  

Size does not always matter

At least not to a gardener (Young Farmers may disagree!). Why? Well ‘Best in Show’ in the Horticultural Tent was once won by a single Pom Pom Dahlia measuring no more than 2 inches (5cm to the more youthful grower) in diameter.

Entry forms for the Horticultural Show are available now. There are many categories including art and photography. Our entrants have ranged in age for toddlers to octogenarians. You really don’t need to be an expert to have a go. Many a time we have heard the comment “I’ve got one better than that ”.

Details should soon be on Facebook and the St. Ewe Parish Website

15 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 6!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 6

Did you know?  

Legendary Battles

For a good number of years the fair has hosted a grand tournament, a display of toughness and tactics, daring-do and great rivalry — the Tug ‘o’ War. The rules are simple; round up your team (often from the bar where they are toning up), put on your boots (some specially adapted with steel heels and tractor tyre treads) and on the word “pull” do just that!

Teams include locals, children and visitors (one team comes on holiday annually to compete). The Bosue Vineyard Cup is the main trophy held many a time by Probus Young Farmers – a mighty force of young men but stolen in 2014 by the St Ewe team and proudly displayed in the Crown Inn. Will they be able to retain it in 2016? The challenge is set.

16 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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Country Fair – Factoid Number 5!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 5

Did you know?  

2012, The year of the Wasp

An unusual job for the fair organizers is scouring the hedgerows around the show field to ensure we are clear of wasp nests and they don’t usually present a real problem.

However, in 2012 the black and yellow perils were out in force. Rumour has it they travelled from all over Cornwall to sample our famous cream teas and judge the horticultural exhibits. Sue, our first aider was kept busy treating a few visitors who had close encounters of the stripy kind. A group of wozzers were last seen heading back to Bugle with 2 ham sandwiches, a jam scone and a pint of Betty Stoggs.

17 weeks to this year’s fair!

The St Ewe Country Fair returns after a break in 2015 and to countdown there will be a new factoid posted each week leading up to the event.

Please put the date in your diary.

Keep up to date — look out for these posts each week on Facebook and here on the St Ewe Parish website (www.st-ewe-parish.co.uk/news).

Contact us:

Email:  stewe.countryfair@yahoo.co.uk
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