Monday, 18 August 2008

Stokes Bay Festival

I'm still waiting on my photos for Stokes Bay Festival but this was a fairly quiet event for us. It was situated right on the Solent which did mean wind was a problem for both us and alot of other traders. Perhaps I better clarify thats wind from the sea that was a problem not from us fairies!

I had a new fairy helper Rosie and between ourselves and my parents who had come to help transport all our stall we got the fairy grotto up fairly quickly. However putting the tent up proved more difficult as the ground was solid and tent pegs wouldn't go in. It took longer to put up a tent than it did to set up the whole stall. On the first night the wind picked up and I woke to a loud noise at about 2am. After about ten minutes of wondering whether I should check the stall I finally plucked up courage and was horrified to see the whole back and roof of the stall had blown off and tutus were now flapping in the wind! I woke Saff and Rosie up to help mend it but luckily Peter the festival organiser was passing and he quickly got the security blokes to come and help get the tarpaulin back on, no easy task in a strong wind. That taught me a valuable lesson about the amount of clamps needed to make the stall secure!

The rest of the festival passed without incident thankfully but I think we were all glad (apart from the kids) when it was time to pack up and go home.

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