I took a stall at Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair, an event I usually attend with mixed fortunes, although it's a very enjoyable and well organised day.
This year of course, it was extremely windy. After failing with my gazebo, even with it's sand filled elephant feet, the great chaps organising it moved me to Pinfold Lane, which was no better, and then found me a space inside in the village hall. This was unfortunately close to the fabulous food that's always on offer, and I couldn't resist a delicious cream tea later in the day!
I had a good time, as I had very nice neighbours, and managed at least to make my table fee back, (which hasn't always happened this year).
I managed to speak to quite a few stallholders outside, who were having a mixed day. Lots of visitors, but not many wanting to buy things, it seemed. It was a beautiful day outside, as long as you kept out of the wind, and many traders had lost items through the wind blowing them off their stalls and smashing them. At least the rain was kept at bay, which meant that although no one could put up their gazebos, at least they didn't get wet - as long as they could keep everything on their stall!
Alas, as usual I didn't have the time or opportunity to have a go at some of the great events going on - I really must enter the duck race on year!
If you haven't been to this event, you should really put it in your diary, as it's a great day out for all the family and is extremely well organised by Pat Beese and his team. There's a car park with a very frequent bus running all day to take you, free of charge, down to the village streets, where the market is.
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