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May Boot, Craft and Produce Fair

The early morning saw a clear blue sky. It was chilly and windy when I arrived at 9 am so I guess much colder for our brave colleagues who turned up at about 7 am to let in the early stallholders.
By 9.45 am the wind had abated and the sun began to warm up. Luckily the forecast rain held off.
We had 58 stalls; a lot lower than last year's 84 but it seems that the Brighton Fair is operating again. Their demise helped us greatly last year.
As a result, our pitch fees income for this fair was much lower than the May fair last year. Donation buckets were, however, again up on last year. Cumulatively the increase is 25% - many thanks to everyone who dropped money into the buckets.
Our Rotary Stall, for the second month this year, netted almost £200 and, cumulatively, up 50% on last year. The Stall operators told me that, in part, this is due to the high-quality items that Club members and the public are donating. Another factor is the re-arrangement and pricing of items.
Some of the most interesting items for sale were a magnificent set of brightly coloured drums, a full-size Subbuteo table and a bridal gown; it was not clear whether it had been worn or whether it was surplus to requirements. One stallholder had some imaginative artistic works that would make great screen savers for a computer and said that she had sold some as such.
We were glad to see the new burger van, who did a brisk business. I have had several comments that the coffee was very good.

posted: Sunday, 5 May 2019

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