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2017 Fair Round-up

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This year there were two evenings with little or no rain. Crowds were probably bigger on Monday
Fair
but a lot of people were still out early on Tuesday.
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2017 was a good year for doughnuts. A lot of vans were serving them.

The old Bellinger’s forecourt was fenced off and so the first aid ambulances were positioned on the main concourse instead. A Fire Engine was parked behind the Abbey Gateway.
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Three Abingdon Restauarnts had an outside presence serving food and giving out takeaway menus.
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Maria Lee was not only there for fortune telling, but also there to look after the present state of mind.
Fair
The fair will be gone when I set out early tomorrow morning at 6:45. Bins, overflowing with food wrappers, will be cleared away. Rides will have set off for their next venue. Just a few will be staying nearby for next weekend’s Runaway Fair.

Leave a Comment October 10, 2017

Hysteria, Sky Flyer and Meteorite

Meteorite
I’m so tired of working every day
The fair has come. I’ll throw all my troubles away
Meteorite
I’ve bought a token and I’m going to ride
Go for a spin on the Meteorite.

Meteorite
Meet me by hysteria don’t be late
I need to spend some money and it just won’t wait.
Meteorite
Take me on sky flyer, hold me tight
I want to fly some high rides tonight.

Meteorite
There’s crazy people running all over town
Big game hunter’s are marching up and down
Meteorite
I won’t be crazy, I’ll be bright
I will ride on the Meteorite.

7 Comments October 9, 2017

Setting up the Fair

Thanks to Steve and Pete for sending pictures.
Setting up the Fair
The fair arrived today and the showmen were blessed with good weather for the task of setting up!
Setting up the Fair
Workers meticulously set up the rides whether they are large and come in many pieces.

Setting up the Fair
or are smaller children’s rides.

By early afternoon most of the bigger rides were nearing completion, including the Sky Ride at the bottom of Ock street. The owner said the ride is two years old and cost £400k. He went on to say as soon as he’s finished setting up here he was going to drive to Nottingham where his late Grand fathers, 1880 Golden gallopers have been thrilling the crowds. Tonight he will dismantle the gallopers, drive them to the next destination, then drive back to Abingdon tomorrow to operate his Sky Ride.

Leave a Comment October 8, 2017

Berkshire Intelligence

1830
This article was found in the Oxford University and City Herald in 1830.
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That was in the days before the railway brought over a thousand people from Oxford to the pleasure fair. That was probably also before the pleasure fair had entertainments like boxing, photography, roundabouts, switchbacks, shooting saloons, and ‘fish and chip’ vans.

1 Comment October 7, 2017

Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair

Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair
There were MGs on the Market Place today as part of the Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair that took place mostly along Bath Street.
Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair
Art and Stuff was joined by other stalls selling antiques and nostalgia and some selling craft things and food.
Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair
When I walked through, a musician at the Square was singing a Jimi Hendrix song – reminiscent of the Summer of Love 50 years ago.
Abingdon Antiques and Vintage Fair
Bath Street was closed to traffic for the duration, and the sun shone on the fair, which had about fifteen stalls.

5 Comments July 8, 2017

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