The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Runaway Fair

The runaway fair, another Abingdon tradition, happens a week after the Michaelmas Fair. It is set up on Sunday. It runs on Monday. Road changes are needed because it takes place on the Market Place and High Street.

The iron bridge direction for example is reversed.

The Drayton Road traffic appeared to be feeling the effects, but there are many factors can cause problems here.


Anonymous st-helens-man said...

As a newcomer to Abingdon. I just don't understand why the put these fairs on one after the other... why not space them out a bit? Is this the infamous Abingdon town planning in action?

13 October 2008 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's called tradition...

13 October 2008 23:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Michaelmas Fair was once the annual hiring fair (for farm labourers etc) and for anybody who did not get on with their employer they could try again for a new job a week later at the runaway fair. Tradition.

13 October 2008 23:57  
Anonymous st-helens-man said...

Ah ha! Thank you anonymous two. I knew that it was "tradition" but sometimes if traditions aren't very old then they might as well be scrapped. By the look of some of the rides this year, I just figured they that one of the additions may have been recent rather than ancient ;)

14 October 2008 08:54  

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