Fête and Dog Show success

The Tunstead Fête and Dog Show went off successfully in bright and breezy conditions.

Events kicked off at 11:00am, after the two dozen volunteers had completed the setting up, which started the previous afternoon, and restarted at 8:30am this morning.

There were:

  • pony rides,
  • bouncy castle,
  • plant sale,
  • craft sale,
  • face-painting,
  • number of sweets in a jar,
  • tombola,
  • bowling,
  • two sorts of raffle,
  • guess the teddy’s name,
  • “what’s in a bag”,
  • and panning for Gold.

There were vintage tractors from two local clubs, and a couple of military vehicles. There would have been more military vehicles, but our fête coincided with the commemorations of the Normandy (D-Day) landings that took place during World War II.

After all that, refreshments were definitely needed. So burgers, ice creams, teas and coffees were available, as well as strawberries (donated by Place UK) and cream, followed by cake, if you had room.

Best of Show 2017


The dog show started right on time at 1:15pm, with Margaret doing the judging. Sarah made the rosettes.

Graham Bailey was compere for the event, and despite, as he admitted, barely knowing anything about dogs except they had a tail at one end and a nose at the other, did a great job keeping the 180 on-lookers informed, with a little help from Vicky, assistant to the judge.

Frank, another competitor, and prize winner

There were 12 fun classes, and dogs could enter as many classes for which they qualified.

Everything wrapped up a little after 3:00pm. The dogs were well behaved, and credit must go to the owners who kept their animals under close control. Also everyone contributed by keeping the rec litter free. This enabled the volunteers  to clear everything away by 4:30pm.

Thanks to everyone who turned up; with or without dogs or children. Your contributions will go towards the Tunstead Village Hall and Recreation Ground Fund.  A wholehearted thanks to the many volunteers who turned up to erect the gazebos and stalls, supervise the activities, or provide the refreshments, which everyone enjoyed.

The organisers felt that the dog show went so well, that they may focus on that part of the event next year.

reviewed 11/6/17
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