It’s our third appearance this coming Bank Holiday Monday at the Newton Tony Fete, an event which, despite the size of the village, attracts many visitors from far and wide. What started out as a favour for a friend two years ago has now become a regular on our events’ calendar. We are always well hosted and looked after at Newton Tony: I’m sure this year will be no different.
The fete has grown in popularity so much that they’ve even got a logistics manager now to manage parking, layout of exhibitors’ tents etc! Very posh! Add to this a full committee which starts its planning work months and months in advance and the result is a very well-organised and well-run show. I started receiving information emails and instructions at the beginning of the year. Mind you, with this level of organisation, I had better make sure we arrive at the appointed time and don’t overrun in the main arena or I’ll probably have a Sergeant Major on my case!
The weather forecast is not great, but I recall our first appearance two years ago being greeted with rain showers too: it mattered not.
Can’t say I’m not looking forward to getting this and the other two remaining shows done & dusted: it’s the time of year when the dogs become stale with the show circuit and the shooting season is beckoning just around the corner! But we need to stay on the ball, not just because people are paying to come and see us but also because they are going to be filming our performance at the last show of the year at the Wessex Heavy Horse Show near Shaftesbury on 28 September.
Note to self: must remember to get my hair done before the cameras roll! Shouldn’t take too long!
P.S. Just in case you’re wondering, this isn’t my head!