Castle Fair 2017
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. Already just past eight o'clock the first Stallholders arrived and started to build up their merchandise and display. Fencers and Archers set up their demo displays of the lawn in the westerly garden. Antique British made cars were driven onto the 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 2017 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 congregations volunteers. The outside terrace 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.
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 by Pieter Leeflang and Lub Gringhuis