Ashton Fete and Produce Show Report 2018

Thank you to everyone who braved the wind and was optimistic about the afternoon weather and came along to the Fete on Saturday. From what we can see a good time was had by all! Over 320 adults paid their £1 to come in, bringing at least as many children with them for free. We all had the excitement of the Fete being opened by local celebrity, Barney Gardiner.

Cream Teas

Cream Teas

Ashton from the air

Ashton from the air

Fete 2  4 Sept 2012

Fete 2 4 Sept 2012

We had of course put in place a contingency plan for bad weather, so gazebos were the order of the day, from Jane and Sarah’s Pimms tent to Tombola and Bric a Brac in the old village marquee and of course the café.

The new attractions that were necessarily outside, such as the Climbing and Velcro Walls seemed to prove popular along with the ever fun Bouncy Castle and Slide. They were flanked by the more traditional attractions of Welly Wanging, Golf and Skittles.

Music was provided by Tewkesbury Town Band and Cleeve Harmony, whilst Fran Kirke ran a tight ship in the Arena with running races, tug of war and egg throwing. After its huge success in 2016, the Dog Show was back this year with canine contestants competing for ‘dog with the waggiest tail’ and ‘best trick’, amongst others.

Too soon it was all over. We had a new ‘Brain of Ashton’; Karl Brown best guessed the weight of the sheep, Tom Archer had thrown his welly half way to Winchcombe and at the prize giving Simon Hague was once again crowned ‘King of the Produce Show’.

In the evening, Dampier’s Round played for us at the Barn Dance and everyone finished off a great day in a mellow way.

Thank you again to everyone that came and supported the event. I would like to send a special thank you to all you volunteers that helped make Ashton Fete and Produce Show 2018 happen so successfully; setting up marquees, manning games and attractions, serving teas and cakes and organising the Produce Show. Thanks also to our excellent MCs.

Thank you again everyone for making this year’s event such a success. Here’s to the Fete & Produce Show 2020. Let’s get planning now!

Andy Cooke, Fete Committee Chair

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