CHULMLEIGH S Old Fair celebrations get under way for the 755th year on Tuesday evening of next week. The traditional Town Hall money scramble, children s races, and crowning of the fair queen, 15-year-old Chulmleigh Community College student Leah Mosedale
CHULMLEIGH'S Old Fair celebrations get under way for the 755th year on Tuesday evening of next week.The traditional Town Hall money scramble, children's races, and crowning of the fair queen, 15-year-old Chulmleigh Community College student Leah Mosedale, will mark the start of a week of events in the town.This year, the "moveable feast" begins as early as it can, as the royal charter states that it should start on the Tuesday of, or following, July 22.There's lots to do on fair Wednesday, with a country market, sheep show, flower festival, family dog show, flower and produce show, and vintage vehicles all in the offering.Sports Day Thursday will feature a 'bikhana' at 11am, followed by afternoon sports and games for all. A guided history walk around Chulmleigh starts at 3pm. In the evening a golf challenge, motor scavenge and family disco party are all planned.There is plenty to do on Friday, too, with a treasure trail and horse show before lunch, and afternoon attractions including a gymkhana; 'horsey' car boot sale; flower festival; antiques afternoon; clay pigeon shoot; and six-a-side football competitions. For anyone interested in taking a trip down memory lane, there will be a chance to view the old fair archive at the Classroom of the Future at Chulmleigh Community College library. From 7.30pm, there is an evening with the "Wag from Widecombe", Tony Beard. Tickets are £3, including refreshments, from (01769) 580276.A day of entertainment is planned for Saturday, with a fancy dress carnival meeting at Beacon Rise at 2pm, with judging at 2.30pm.Also on Saturday, there is an old fair coffee morning at the Town Hall from 9am; a golf challenge from 9-11am; and orienteering from 10am, meeting at the Red Lion corner. Fun and games start in Fore Street at 6pm, with an open road race getting under starter's orders at 7.30pm. The week's activities conclude with a film show at the New Playing Fields Pavilion at 8pm, and dancing in Fore Street until 11.30pm. The road reopens at 11.45pm.For a complete list of events taking place during the week, pick up a free fair programme from local shops and Tourist Information Centres.