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Broadclyst Funday 2012

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What's the difference between Glastonbury festival and Broadclyst Fun Day? You get to take your wellies off and go home dry from the Fun Day!

Despite torrential rain just 24 hours before, Saturday 14th July dawned only slightly damp, the "clearing shower" at 9.30am soon disappeared, and by the time the kidz races got underway strange things previously seen in summers many years ago, known as shadows, had appeared on the field! Remember them? Ah well, the Fun Day is all about nostalgia, with a mixture of traditional stalls such as the coconut shy and hook-a-duck, through addressing more modern matters as recycling, thanks to East Devon District Council's stand. There were over 60 different pitches on the field, and the arena was action-packed throughout the day, with displays from the local Tae Kwan Do club, a magic/circus skills show and a superb Tap dancing demo, followed by the ever-popular Family Dog Show! A rather messy end to the arena events – the egg throwing competition! Amazing just how far apart the couples were able to get without dropping or breaking the egg – great fun!

There was plenty to eat and drink during the day, with Burrow Farm doing the BBQ using their own meat for the burgers and sausages, a Hog roast, and Broadclyst Social club providing the bar. Somewhere around lunchtime I found myself drawn to the National Trust's stand by the most yummy smell drifting towards me – they teamed up with Broadclyst Community farm and Burrow farm to create the "Broadclyst Fun Day Killerton Casserole"- all ingredients of which could be bought on field – totally gorgeous!

To finish the day off, there was a family disco in the Victory Hall, where the youngsters continued to add to their prize count by taking part in various dance competitions, and where the raffle was drawn.

Huge thanks to so many – for donating raffle prizes, sponsorship, man-power for setting up (amazing what the lure of a breakfast roll can do!) and clearing away, thanks to all the stallholders who believed me when I said "it's a clearing shower – it never rains for Fun Day..." and finally a great big thank you to all who came along and took part, making it one of the best village events of the year!

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