Ever since we moved to the Golden Valley in Herefordshire we had never been to any of the social events in the local area, except for the Primary School fete’s which are always very poorly managed due to the school putting the children in charge. This is not to say that the children do not do a great job at what they do, more that there are very rarely any stalls. It is usually a game that Primary School children organise, such as pay 20p for a game of something with the chance of winning a 10p bag of sweets.
So in general we do not attend many local events as it is usually only ever the school fete that it is possible to do due to the weather spoiling it every year. This year however was a different story, the Sun was out and it could not have been a better day of entertainment, chatting, almost getting to know a few familiar faces and great music.
My daughter was in competition with a lad that was 16 (4 years older) by eating as many cold baked beans as possible one at a time with a cocktail stick. My daughter was winning for a while with 18 bean being eaten, then this older lad ate 22 but after more tries than I would like to mention, she won the competition by eating 28 cold baked beans, individually with a cocktail stick in 20 seconds. Her prize was a small chocolate fountain, which when we got home did not work, which she was very disappointed with indeed. We then had to purchase her another.
The music went from a fiddle, flute and an Irish drum while the children danced around the May Pole, to later two bands of local musicians playing folky rock, which was great, very enjoyable indeed.
At the end of the day pretty much anything that was not sold was then auctioned off. A bag of 20 scones for under £5, punnets of strawberries for a pound or two.
as this was our first proper event that we attended, we soon noticed that there are some very friendly people in the area, in order to meet these people, we must actually make the effort to attend them as and when we can.
In a few weeks time there is Longtown Show, again has been rained off most years since moving here, so if the weather is good, I think we might give it a go.
As we moved here from Wales, we had never actually seen the Maypole being danced around, but as much as the children enjoy it, which I am all for, I have always wondered what parents would think if they knew it’s origins. Makes for quite shocking reading, I think you will agree 🙂
Here is a pic of the excellent musicians, that (if any of you are reading this) made my day. A brilliant mix of instruments that went so well together, very enjoyable indeed.
All in all, the whole day was a great success and again if anyone that was involved with the organising of this event, I really would like to thank you. *****