2016 - Castle Fair
Magnificent weather Fair
This year's Weldam Castle Fair was blessed with the most beautiful late summer weather. After some light fog when arriving early in the morning, the sun rapidly dissolved the thin fog patches and temperatures were rising fast. Stallholders built up their merchandise and display. Fencers and Archers took posession of the lawn in the westerly garden. Antique British made cars were placed at the circle green at the forecourt. Cakes, scones and rolls were prepared in the Tearoom and everywhere final preparations were made.
At the chime of eleven the Highland regiment Pipes and Drums marched out to the gate to welcome the visitors already waiting. The Weldam Castle Fair 2016 had opened. Visitors also did have chance to win a prize, connected to their entry ticket, at the Raffle stall.
Quickly the first guests arrived at the Tearoom to have the first choice of the many great cakes and scones prepared by our congregations volunteers. The outside terrace rapidly filled with many visitors who enjoyed their purchase.
This year our Castle Fair committee had again done their utmost to make a diverse and high quality selection of stalls and attractions. They did succeed in attracting quite a number of interesting variations in home made articles, artfull skilled crafts and products.
Also the entertainment was again diverse with a Klezmer ensemble, the Highland Regiment Pipes and Drums band and the Morris Dancers.
A "Ascot style hat" competition was held. Ladies (and one gentlemen) with great hats, showing a lot of phantasy were photographed. Katarina, one of the ladies with a custom made hat for this year's Fair did win the competion.
The Fair concluded with a short "Songs of Praise" session in front of the Tearoom. Also a traditional Evensong service was held in the Weldam Chapel.
The Castle Fair committee would like to thank Count Alfred and Countess Christine for their hospitality at the Weldam Estate, all volunteers who made it possible and foremost all our visitors who came in great numbers and made this year's Fair to a success.
Lub Gringhuis, Webmaster