Country Fair – Factoid Number 17!

St Ewe Country Fair – 21st August 2016

Factoid Number 17

Did you know?  

Who Betty Stogs was?

She was a woman from Cornish folktales living on moorland near Towednack. In this area it is said that the fairies take the children of lazy, “couseying” women clean them up and return them. She had a six-month-old baby but was lazy and neglectful and known for her raucous behaviour, untidy ways and drinking. The baby was apparently taken and cared for by the fairies who returned it clean and laid upon a bed of moss. This had a positive effect on Betty who then kept her cottage clean, cared for the baby, drank less and lived happily.

Importantly for us the full-bodied, golden-hearted and just a little fruity Betty Stogs is also the name of one of Skinner’s Brewery’s beers. We serve this real ale and other delights at the fair. Last time it was so popular we ran out, so we shall be ordering more this year. We don’t have Betty behind the bar, but we do have Janet who pours a grand pint and is much more ‘well-behaved’ – so I’m told.

[If you are interested in more of this tale look up Popular Romances of the West of England, collected and edited by Robert Hunt.]

5 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.

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