Saturday 1417 – 1st June 2013
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The photos above are all parts of the entrances to the fair.
I have lived in Cambridgeshire for nearly 5 years but have never attended Strawberry Fair, the free music, entertainment, arts and crafts festival which takes place on Midsummer Common every year and has done since 1974.
It’s a family affair which starts with a parade around the town from 11-midday; when the parade arrives at back at Midsummer Common the Fair really gets going and goes on ‘tl late. There was a range of musical genres represented across several music stages though I didn’t stay until late.
One of the reasons I hadn’t been before is because a few years ago there were some problems with perceived “anti-social” behaviour concerning drug and alcohol misuse and the organisers decided to cancel the 2010 event. That is all behind us now and Strawberry fair came back with a vengeance as a very friendly and, still free, family event in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.
Some people on their way to the Festival
Great atmosphere, great food – from vegan through Caribbean to hot dogs and great music.Unfortunately the usual changeable weather from cold and cloudy in the morning to warmish by late afternoon but NO rain!!
I especially enjoyed the Samba band Arco Iris who are a community band based in Cambridge and will do a Photomania post just about them later in the week.. In fact I enjoyed them so much it is my intention to join them !
I loved the long legs of Park Arts Stilters too.
Here are some of the stiltwalkers having a rest and a stretch. It’s tiring work!
Lots of interesting stalls and food.
and interesting looking people !
I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos which are meant to give you a flavour of this rather unique event and long may it continue . (more on Photomania)
A big shout out to all the organisers (crew member above) and the hundreds of volunteers who made it all possible. WELL DONE !!
A link to Strawberry Fair website http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk/
and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/StrawberryFair?fref=ts
If there’s a festival like this near you I hope you’ll go and enjoy yourself.
You can see what I wrote and photographed during the last one I went to “One Love” here
I am anticipating another real treat for myself next Saturday.. Come back and see what it was 🙂
You can find my photography blog Photomania here and there will be lots more photos from the festival over there this week.