Old Alresford Village Fair 2014
It's been a long time since I lived in (New) Alresford, so having an excuse to go back to Old Alresford Village Fair and see how my memory stands against reality was a wonderful thing to do. How did modern reality stand against the rose tinted memory? Read on and find out....
The memory is of hot summer days, playing in the woods and streams and inevitably being late home 'cos we didn't realise the time'. So these days I don't get to play in the woods or streams as much, and due to everything around us seemingly displaying the time I wasn't late home. These children proved to me that a 'proper' childhood still lives on today. This is a portrait unlike the usual ones, they are a mess, wet and mucky. Were the parents upset? Not at all, this is the way they should be remembered at this age. Save the formal (and lets face it, a little boring) photos for school photo day. This is a moment in time, captured for the future and one that can't be repeated to order.
That one photo made the trip worthwhile for me.
Of course there was more than children playing, the whole fair was set up on the village green, just like I remember it being done, though I'm sure we did tug-of-war over the stream rather than just on the grass?
The Appalachian dance team (Knickerbocker glory) did two dancing displays (with live music), which drew quite a crowd. I won't even mention that one of them slipped (and managed an impressive recovery) during the second show.
So was it worth going back? Oh yes, I'm glad I did as it was a great day out, and some wonderful photo opportunities. Maybe I'll be going back next year too.
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