2018 - Castle 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. Almost eight o'clock the first Stallholders arrived and started to build up their merchandise and display. Antique British made cars were driven onto 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 Pipers and Drums marched out to the gate to welcome the visitors already waiting. The Weldam Castle Fair 2018 had opened. Visitors also did have chance to win a prize, connected to their entry ticket, at the Raffle stall.
Rapidly the first visitors arrived at the Tearoom to have the first choice of the many great cakes and scones prepared by our congregation’s volunteers. The outside terrace filled with many visitors who enjoyed their purchase.
This year our Castle Fair committee had once 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 homemade articles, artful skilled crafts and products.
Also the entertainment was again diverse with the 3 J’s playing the upright bass, clarinet and accordeon, the Highland Regiment Pipes and Drums band and the Morris Dancers. Additional there was a band dedicated to the Airborne Forces performing, later combined with the Highland Regiment Pipes and Drums.
At the final hour a "Dog show" competition was held on the lawn near the fountain. Dog owners did their utmost to persudade their dogs to do whatever needed to obtain a price. The dogs were presented with a nice playing gadget after the show.
To mark the origin of our Weldam Castle Fair the day was ended with a short "Songs of Praise" session in front of the Tearoom.
The Castle Fair committee would like to thank the Solms family 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
Images below by: Elisa Hannan, Eric Koster and Lub Gringhuis