Flora, fauna and fun at Seend fete

This Is Wiltshire: All the fun of the fete, including a mini steam engine, at Seend  back in 2012 All the fun of the fete, including a mini steam engine, at Seend back in 2012

A fun dog show, farm animals and nature activities are among the attractions at this year’s Seend Fete.

The event on the Lye Field on Saturday, August 9, usually attracts about 3,000 visitors who enjoy the traditional stalls and attractions and fun elements.

This year there is a flora and fauna theme and the National Trust will be bringing its mobile unit with some fun nature activities and people can make butterflies in a craft tent.

Animal corner is being re-instated this year with sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats and geese, plus birds of prey.

Back by popular demand is the fun dog show including a round of musical sits – where owners and their dogs parade around the arena and when the music stops the last dog to sit down is out, until one dog is the winner.

Fete chairman Jo McManus said: “It went down a storm and people get really competitive and are shouting ‘sit’, it’s great.”

Other attractions include Corsham Brass Band, a punch and judy show, huge bouncy castles, a tug of war, vintage cars while in the arena entertainment will be provided by a juggler and circus performer and the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice with teas, cakes, beer, Pimms, a barbecue, ice creams and vintage sweets on offer and, new this year, a vegetarian curry stall.

The fete begins with a fancy dress parade and there are prizes to be won for children, adults and, for the first time, a group category. Entry is on the day and everyone is welcome to be at the Lye Field at 12.45pm. The fete will be officially opened at 1pm by the fete princess, Izzy Nichols, aged ten, and her attendants, Joseph Bowes, eight, Bo Griffiths, six, and Isabel Brown, six, and goes on until 5pm.

A new prize this year is the Prolze Cup for outstanding contribution to the fete. This will be awarded to one of the volunteers each year in memory of former chairman Bernie Prolze, who died earlier this year.

Mrs McManus said: “Bernie was such a brilliant person for organising the community and instilling enthusiasm and making a success of the fete. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of people who volunteer their time for the fete, it takes so much organisation to run a stall.”

The fete raises money for the upkeep of the Lye Field and Pavilion.

Running alongside the fete is the Seend Flower Show, held in the Community Centre, Rusty Lane, from 1.30pm to 4.45pm, admission £1.

It is in its 65th year and categories include fruit, vegetables, flowers, home produce, floral art and arts and crafts. There are also two children’s sections. For more information, go to www.seend.org.uk/fshow

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