Well, 2017 might have been the wettest fair to date. Setting up and clearing in fine conditions either side made it more ironic that we had that one day of shocking weather.
What was really impressive this year was the number of helpers, both on the day and involved in setting up. Our list had 122 locals who helped in a variety of ways and this number does not include judges, stallholders or exhibitors.
One had to admire the resilience of everyone. Whether you were a visitor or show person you have the thanks of the committee for persevering despite your soggy bits. Everyone gave it their best, those in the arena gave a good show regardless of wind, rain and mist. Stallholders and exhibitors kept smiling, an impressive amount was drunk and even the Tug of War was well contested on very slippery ground.
We have had some very positive feedback from contributors and visitors who enjoyed themselves despite the weather and are keen to return in 2018.
Now, every cloud has a silver lining and our stoic approach paid off. We covered costs with a small surplus. Based on gate takings we had 518 paying visitors and this was reflected in all other receipts. Last year this figure was around 1100 and in 2014 it was 1300 – it all depends on the weather!
We decided the fairest way to share out the modest profit of £2000 was to split it across those local organisations who stuck at it during the day and made sure the show went on, they are: Par Scout Group who spent their day on the parking field getting very wet and muddy, Gorran School PTA who ran the games with smiles despite the wind and driving rain, St Goran Rowing Club who helped in a variety of ways as well as running the bale tossing and putting up a valiant effort against The Crown Inn Tug of War Team and St Ewe Village Hall who provided the facilities and the help that goes with that.
The show will go on and we hope to see you all on Sunday 19th August, 2018, in the sunshine!
Best wishes and thanks,
St Ewe Country Fair Committee
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St Ewe Country Fair – Sunday 20th August 2017. 10.00am – 5.00pm
Getting to the Show and Parking
If you do not know the area be aware your Sat Nav is likely to send you in silly directions down narrow lanes. We advise:
Travelling from Truro direction, avoid coming through Polmassick and St Ewe. Use the main road to St Austell and then follow the Mevagissey/Pentewan Road. Follow signs to Heligan and St Ewe and go past Heligan Gardens on your left. Turn right at the Strawbale Man towards St Ewe. Shortly after, turn left into the parking field where you will be directed to park by the Scouts.
The pedestrian entrance to the show is at the front of the St Ewe Village Hall, a short walk from the pedestrian exit from the field. Please be careful crossing the lane.
Exit for cars from the parking field is through the gate diagonally opposite where you came in. Turn left onto the lane. Then turn left at the T junction for St Austell and Truro, and right for Gorran.
Please do not turn right out of the field towards St Ewe unless you live there! We are trying to minimise traffic through St Ewe. Please avoid driving through the village and past the hall.
There is limited disabled parking at the village hall (blue badge holders, mobility vehicles and such). Drive past the main car park entrance gate at the field and continue carefully to the Village Hall where there will be marshalls who can help either to park you, or allow you to drop off and return to the main parking field.
This is a country show, please wear sensible shoes and tread carefully. Parking and much of the show is on fields. Dogs are welcome but on short leads at all times please.
PL26 6EY GPS: 50.2820N 4.8408W
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Get your entries in for these fun competitions
Entries for the competitions in the horticultural tent including the junior classes, flowers, fruit, vegetables, eggs, photography, cookery and handicraft should be phoned through to Sandi Dee on 01726 844714 by Friday 18th August or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Actual entries for all categories can be dropped off to the marquee anytime on Saturday before 6.00pm or BEFORE 9.30 am on the Sunday. Judging takes place at 9.45am on Sunday.
Cooking demonstrations will be held during the day by Steve Bowen, founder and owner of The Steak of the Art restaurants in Bristol, Cardiff and Southampton. Steve has close links with St Ewe and spends a lot of his free time in the village. Check out their website www.steakoftheart.co.uk and take a look at their fantastic menus and see their truly funky decorated interiors.
Win a pair of free tickets to the Country Fair
All you have to do is Like and Share our Facebook page (and comment “done”) and you will be entered into the draw. The winner will be notified the day before the Fair and the tickets will be left on the entry gate for them.
Entry Form Information for Competitions as stated in the Schedule
Entry forms for the horticultural, photography, cooking, handicrafts, eggs and junior section competitions (as per Schedule) should be sent to Sandi Dee before 17th August, as stated on the bottom of the entry form. These can be phoned through or posted but please note that Sandi cannot receive emails at the moment due to her broadband being down. Until advised otherwise, please use alternative address: email@example.com.
Entertainment and Activities
There will be the usual stalls, many and varied, plus entertainment in the main ring all day:
Flying Birds of Prey, Kernow Samba Band, Shire Horses, Cooking Demonstrations, Sheepdogs, Tug of War, Children’s Marquee, Family Fun Dog Show, Bugle Silver Band, Arts and Crafts Marquee, Horticultural Marquee and Competitions, Livestock, Bees, Wood turner, Neith Art Chainsaw, Hawkhead Woodcraft (archery), Pimms Stall, Refreshments Marquee, Cream Teas, Tywardreath Morris Dancers, Mevagissey Fire Brigade and Vehicle, Raffle, Licensed Bar, Punch and Judy Show in Children’s Marquee, Ferrets, Vintage Tools, Amusements, Beat the Goalie, Bra Pong, Coconut Shy, Activity Sessions including Samba Workshop, Photography Competition, Cookery and Handicraft Competitions (adults and children). See the Schedule of Classes under Competitions for further details.
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