Sunday, 31 May 2009

All the Fun of the Fair.

The first day of the Etruria Canal Festival has been a great success with mother nature putting on her best weather and the crowds turning out in large numbers. There has been something for everybody and plenty to keep the kids happy with rides and face painting.

Etruria Canal Festival 2009. No spare space anywhere.

Vintage cars and trucks, caravans and motorhomes. miniature steam traction engines, radio controlled model boats and a wide variety of vintage static engines are all there to be drooled over by the enthusiast’s or just admired by the general public. Of course one of the main exhibits is the old steam powered flint mill in full working operation.

Butty Kildare and many vintage boats with IWA and BW tents and the ice cream van.

Bric-a brac stall’s, art’s and craft, and a stall selling just about anything that runs on paraffin or kerosene are all there to lighten peoples pockets of their loose change or something bigger. Just along from this stall were several private collections of paraffin and kerosene lamps in brass glass and ceramics. Everything from road side lamps, lamps from the horse drawn era and household lamps preceding the invention of electricity.

Miniature steam traction engine at the Etruria Canal Festival. He even pays road tax.

Just below the lock’s the local angling club set up a site to introduce kid’s to the art of fishing which seemed to attract a lot of interest.

This is the only electric car of its type in existence.

Our only draw back has been that the organisers have placed the 2 merry go rounds and the bouncy castle right alongside us and of course they all need electricity hence 4 mobile generators pounding away all day. It was sheer bliss when they shut down at 5pm at the end of the day.

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