A number of special events are being planned to celebrate Barnstaple Fair next week. The Barnstaple Fair Heritage Society has been given a £9,700 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to celebrate the fairs last 50 years in the town. On Monday, September 12, school children and North Devon Sinfonia will be performing a theatrical celebration of Barnstaple Fair at the Queens Theatre at 7pm. While on Tuesday, September 1, a procession of vintage steam engines will be heading through the town centre at 12noon. The road run will feature a showmens engine built in 1917, fully restored in 2008 and now owned by the Gliddon family of Colyton. Other steam engines attending include those owned by the Shambrook family of Tawstock and Nick Dicker from Nomansland. On Thursday, a reunion of former carnival queens is taking place at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon at 7pm. There will also be a launch of a new book about the fair by Martin Burridge. A fascinating exhibition covering the past 50 years of Barnstaple Fair is being held at the museum until September 24. And you can also see the fair in miniature at the museum, which is showcasing hundreds of models owned by collectors and fair enthusiasts George Lovering and Keith Rowe. Barnstaple Fair will be officially opened by Mayor Julie Hunt during the traditional fair proclamation ceremony in the guildhall on Wednesday.This year also marks 50 years since the fair was held at North Walk for the last time. After 1966, the event switched to its new home at Seven Brethren, although development planned on that side of the river including a new leisure centre could force the fair relocate again in the next few years. Barnstaple Town Council, which operates the fair in conjunction with the Showmens Guild, is planning to ask local people what they think about the fairs possible relocation.Where do you think Barnstaple Fair should go if forced to relocate by development at Seven Brethren? Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.