The date for the Country Fair next year is:
Sunday 23rd August 2020.
Outcomes of this Year’s Fair (2019)
Well, despite the weather providing us with some anxious moments in the lead up to the fair, everyone’s efforts in preparing for this year’s show paid off! 2019 was our second best ever fair after last year’s bumper event.
We had a perfect start to the day as Bugle Band launched the show in lovely sunshine. The bacon- butty queue started to build soon after opening at 10am and 360 sold topped last year’s total of 300! By the end of the day we had sold virtually all the food with no more jam to be found and milk wars ensuing between catering tent and hall. Well done to all our cake makers, baristas, brewers and butterers. We tapped all our barrels, popped all our Prosecco and by the end of the show we only just managed to find a celebratory drink for helpers.
Big thanks to Toby who, despite having a sore throat, did a sterling job as MC in his own inimitable style. I think everyone enjoyed the variety of arena events be it Norman with the sheepdogs, the magnificent shires and their riders or the unplanned extras of cars, blood bikes and traction engine. Malc spent all day steaming around the ring much to the delight of his young passengers and raised a healthy donation for us. The new arena for the Birds of Prey allowed more folks to handle and see the birds. After last year we enlarged the dog show area which was again a great success. Traders and exhibitors all reported having a good day both as contributors and show goers.
Squashbox Theatre reduced even grown men to tears of laughter and Punch hit above his weight. Hilary has excused Rebecca being on honeymoon as her new recruits did a grand job in the Children’s tent. Steve Bowen’s cooking demos proved extremely popular – we’ll need a bigger tent next year. The Horticultural Show saw record entries and splendid displays. It was great to see organizer Richard winning a cup and Val carrying off top cups. Winners are posted on our Facebook page. Thanks George & Carole for great music in the hall. The Crown Team may not think so but the Tug of War provided great entertainment with Probus YFC’s training regime paying off. By the way did anyone ever see Wandering Mike?
Par Scouts filled parking spaces twice and attendance was very high, with over 1200 paying adults. If you haven’t already seen them there are some great photos taken by Charles Francis of this year’s fair on our Facebook page.
Our thanks to the 130 locals who helped make yet another fantastic day such a success, to Jamie Trounce for leveling car park gates, Neil Parkhouse of Treveor for availability of parking fields, the Lobbs for machinery and bales and Heligan Gardens for sponsorship and support.
Money raised this year will go towards some replacement equipment, which will be of use across the Parish events and we are very pleased to be able to donate a total of £8000 to the following organizations.
Cornwall Blood Bikes our chosen charity (whose life saving work is undertaken by volunteers and totally funded by donation).
Par Scouts (whose volunteer help ensured you could park!)
All Saints Church (to ‘pump prime’ their water supply project)
Gorran School (to help fund their ‘Healthy Schools’ running track project)
St Ewe Village Hall (the hall is central to village events and key to the fair’s success)
We hope to see you all at next year’s fair, which will be on Sunday 23rd August 2020 when it will be 25 years since the original event.
St Ewe Country Fair Committee
“What’s on When Timetable” is downloadable below.
Remember this is a Cornish Show therefore, times are ‘Dreckly’ and activities may vary as we have to work with children, animals and the weather!
GETTING TO THE SHOW AND PARKING PL26 6EY GPS: 50.2820N 4.8408W
If you do not know the area be aware that your Sat Nav is likely to send you in silly directions down narrow lanes. We advise;
Travelling from the Truro direction avoid coming through Polmassick and St Ewe. Use the main road to St Austell or the road just after Grampound with Creed. Travelling from St Austell to Gorran, past Heligan Gardens on your left. Turn at the Straw Man towards St Ewe. Shortly after turn left at the sign into the parking field where you will be directed to park by the Scouts.
The show entrance is at the front of the St Ewe Village Hall a short walk from the pedestrian exit from the field. Please be careful on uneven surfaces and when crossing the lane.
Exit from the parking field is through the gate diagonally opposite where you came in. Turn left onto the lane. Turn left at the T Junction for St Austell and Truro, right for Gorran.
Please do not turn right 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 very limited disabled parking at the village hall for blue badge holders & mobility vehicles. Drive past the main parking into the field. 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.
This is a country show, please wear sensible shoes and tread carefully. Parking and much of the show is on fields please be prepared for this.
Dogs are very welcome in the show but on short leads at all times and please bring along the necessary to clear up after them.
Security Vehicles and their contents are your responsibility. Please secure your vehicles and do not leave animals in them.
We need you to be onsite and set up by 9.30am at the latest as we open at 10.00am. Traders should already have necessary information. Please proceed to the main hall gates where the Marshalls will help with directions. After setting up you can access the parking field via the pedestrian entrance, if it is dry enough please do as the Marshalls ask,but only until 9.30 after which you will have to park via the visitor access. Musicians and performers may wish to drop off at the hall and then park. Please bring the horses in by the field entrance just past the main gate.
Please check for latest news before leaving in case we have to make any last minute changes.
Entertainment and Activities
There will be many varied stalls including over 30 craft stalls. Plus entertainment in the main arena all day which will include (weather permitting):
Bugle Silver Band, Birds of Prey (in small arena), Samba Kernow, Shire Horses, Sheepdogs, Dog Show Winners Parade, Tug of War, Wandering Mike, Raffle Draw and Horticultural Show Prize giving.
Here you will find shows by the Squashbox Theatre and Punch and Judy. Children will also be able to create “Incredible Creatures” and join in a Samba Workshop. The paintings from the children’s competition will also be on display.
Food and Drink in the Food Marquee in the main field:
- Freshly made Bacon Butties (from 10.00am)
- Cornish Pasties (steak, vegetable and vegan)
- Hot Sausage Rolls
- Ploughmans, (ham, cheese, chutney, lettuce)
- BLT (bacon, lettuce tomato)
- Tuna mayonnaise, lettuce
- Brie, lettuce and chilli jam
- Falafel, hummus, cucumber, lettuce, mint and yogurt dressing
- Chicken Caesar Salad (chicken, lettuce, parmesan, Caesar dressing)
We are happy to personalise any of the options above eg. if you want a chicken caesar salad in a roll rather then a wrap, or no ham in the Ploughmans etc. then please ask.
Delicious homemade cakes. Including a selection of gluten free and vegan cakes – please ask.
Children’s Meal Deal:
Mix and match. Choose a roll, biscuit, crisps, drink and piece of fruit
Tea, Coffee and Squash. Decaf and herbal tea options available.
We do have recycling facilities on-site, but please feel free to bring your own re-usable cups if you prefer.
A cold water tap will be available for you to refill your re-usable bottles throughout the day.
Made in Cornwall vanilla ice cream.
Cream Teas in the Village Hall
Scrumptious traditional cream teas. Real coffee and a wide selection of homemade cakes. All to be enjoyed in a lovely relaxing atmosphere.
Licenced Bar including:
- Skinner’s Ales
Cooking Demonstrations in the Demo Tent
Cooking demonstrations will be held during the day by Steve Bowen, founder and owner of the Steak of the Art restaurants in Bristol and Cardiff. Check our their website www.steakoftheart.co.uk.
- First Aid (our First Aider will be located in the Food Marquee on the field).
- Disabled parking for blue badge holders
- Indoor toilets
- Wet weather vehicle removal assistance
- Baby changing facilities
Competitions for Junior Classes:
Get your entries ready for the competitions – both for adults and children! Entry forms need to be completed by Thursday 15th August 2019 and sent either by email: email@example.com or by phone: 01726 844714 or by post: Mrs S Dee, Tregavarras Farmhouse, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6LN. Downloadable schedules and entry forms are available below under the Competitions Sub-Heading of St Ewe Country Fair main page.
The children’s classes include:
* Animal made from vegetables/fruit
* Miniature garden, 23cm x 38cm mainly plant material
* Garden in a boot or shoe
* Collection of vegetables, 3 kinds, 2 of each (must be
grown by exhibitor)
* Photograph 7″ x 5″ subject: “Child’s Eye View”
* Pebble art
* Paper flower
* Decorated hardboiled egg
* Something new from something old
* Decorated buns x 3
* Butterfly buns x 3
* Pastry animal x 1
Children’s Marquee – Schedule of Activities
All timing and activities are subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances.
10.00-10.30 Activity Session – Making “Incredible Creatures”
10.30-11.00 Squashbox Theatre
11.15-11.45 Punch and Judy Show
11.45-12.45 Activity Sessions – Samba Workshop
12.45-13.15 Punch and Judy Show
13.15-14.15 Activity Session – Making “Incredible Creatures”
14.15-14.45 Squashbox Theatre
14.45-16.20 Activity Session – Making “Incredible Creatures”
ST EWE COUNTRY FAIR
Sunday 18th August 2019
Only a few weeks now until the Summer Fair and preparations are well underway.
We’ve got a full timetable of arena events with Bugle Silver Band, Birds of Prey, Heavy Horses, Sheepdogs (always a highlight), dancers and musicians. Of course there will be our now famous Tug ‘0’ War competition. The Crown Inn’s team still retains the cup but they have thrown out the challenge to one and all so get a team organized. Our catering ladies put up a great show last year and look forward to challenging any ladies teams ready to give it a go.
Trade stalls are all booked and we have a waiting list! Traders vary from local wine and cider makers to wood-turning, jewellery, conserves and many more.
Vintage tractors, stationary engines, traditional fairground rides, archery, Gorran’s gig, fowl and felt making activities and children’s games number amongst many other activities around the arena.
By popular demand, there will be a Chef’s demo again this year and a workshop by Kernow Samba.
We’re pleased to have invited Cornwall Blood Bikes to the show this year. They play an incredibly important role in transporting blood and other critical medical supplies across the County.
We have lots of exciting hands on activities planned for children of all ages in the ‘Children’s Marquee’ and, Mr. Punch of course plus shows from Squashbox Theatre. Don’t forget to enter the Children’s Art Competition – the theme this year is a character from a children’s Cornish book.
Schedules and entry forms for the Horticultural Show are available on-line, in the Crown Inn, and from Committee members. Remember there is a photography section for adults and children and other classes including cookery, handicraft, horticulture vegetables and eggs. Splendid Victoria sponge cakes, juicy jams, elegant eggs and dazzling dahlias – where are you?
Last year’s fun dog show attracted huge entries from ‘best puppy’, ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘best rescue dog’ and many others. Entry is on the day, forget Crufts, aim to be in our winners parade.
We’re serving food from the 10.00am in the catering marquee, all freshly cooked and home baked. Breakfast bacon rolls, lunch choices to suit all diets, children’s meal deal, superb cakes, soft drinks, ice creams and tea and coffee. Proper coffee is available in the Village Hall along with genuine Cornish Cream Teas.
You drank us dry last year but Betty Stoggs and her fellow ales are once again prepared to quench your thirst along with Pimmzzz and Prosecco.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the Parish website where we will put entry forms and updates on events, parking, etc. nearer to the show.
See you on the 18th August.
2018 was the best year yet for the Country Fair. The weather was great, hundreds came, we got lots of help from many of you, folks had a great day out and we donated £11,000! Planning is beginning for this year’s fair and we thought everyone might like to know a few early details regarding contact and information.
Once again money raised will be donated to local charities and good causes as this has proved a very positive initiative over the last few years. It’s also good to support groups who in turn get involved with the fair. If you know of any organisationations who would benefit please let us know.
Many of the regular contributors to our traditional event will once again be involved, however, if you have a good idea please share it with us.
We will publish updates on both Facebook and the St Ewe Parish website but if you wish to contact us direct please use our dedicated email address below or call John Dickinson on 01726 843947.
We have a ‘craft’ marquee and outside trade space. If you wish to have a stall at the event email your contact details and a brief description of your product and our craft stall coordinator Emma will get back to you with more details. Standard stalls cost £20, there may be a higher charge in some cases. If you represent a charity or can contribute an activity we usually waive charges so please enquire. We undertake all our own catering at the event so cannot accommodate other food vendors. Likewise, as the fair is a fundraiser we do not allow other raffles, draws, etc.
It will be possible to enter the fun dog show, horticultural classes and other competitions online as well as at the event. Forms will be available nearer the time.
For those keen gardeners who are ordering their seeds early, classes will be the same as last year and the new schedule should be out in June! Photographers might like to know that classes are as follows so get snapping early; Garden Delights, Sporting Scene, Black & White, Love You, Up in the Air, Beach. The children’s photographic theme is ‘A Child’s Eye View’ – that could be fun and their art competition is ‘A Character from a Cornish Book or Tale’ for example The Mousehole Cat.
We look forward to seeing you in August – more news soon.
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