Every year in August Valley's End holds its Village Show And Carnival on the meadow between the castle hill and the river. It's a much less raucous affair than the Green Man Festival in May. This event is organised by the village for the village, there are no commercial booths, every booth is run by a village committee and all the money raised is for a village charity. The event itself usually makes a loss, which doesn't seem to deter the organisers.
We always have a brass band imported from the nearest Welsh town, The Knighton Town Silver Band, who play tirelessly all afternoon. They are very good too.
The big show tent is the main attraction. That's where gardeners, craftspeople, photographers, flower growers and arrangers, cake and bread bakers, jam makers and others exhibit their prize efforts and compete fiercely with each for first, second and third prize.
Blooms from the garden winner.
You would be shot if you cheated and added a bought flower!
There is something for everybody, This is the winning entry in the best dressed Teddy bear class.
Third prize in the Victorian tableau, which I liked better than 2nd and 1st prize entries.
The winning and possibly only entry in the quilting class.
It is a beautiful quilt, made by a young girl.
There are always lots of things for children to do.
The Bouncy Castle is a great favourite.
For Dads there is the historic car exhibition. This tractor caught my eye instantly.
It's impossible to show pictures of all the events: dog shows, ferret racing, a fairground organ, puppet shows, an obstacle course, a beer tent and tea tent, even Appalachian dancers appear. When the brass band and the organ take a break, a jazz band plays. And sometimes, all three play at the same time, and the man with access to the PA system can hardly make his voice heard above the din. But he doesn't give up, oh no! He has a microphone and knows how to use it!
My contribution to That's My World for this week.