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Offline sbwhart

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Great Dorset Steam Fair
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:02:57 AM »
Hi Chaps

Any one planning on going to this years steam fair, 

I'm thinking of taking the tent and going down.  :D :D

This is what its all about

http://www.gdsf.co.uk/

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 08:04:26 AM »
Stew, has this been on yet? I've never been but always used to go to pickering traction engine rally. It is organised, or was, by the same guy that does the Harrogate Exhibition. Not sure when it is these days, will have to check.

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 08:17:53 AM »
Its on 2nd Sept

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 10:17:39 AM »
Yeah, but it's in Dorset...... :(
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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 11:46:57 AM »
I know, bit too far for me!
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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 12:08:13 PM »
Well I'm thinking of going even tho' it's 290 miles....

I'm hoping to take a week off work that week( it's my b'day on the thursday... :beer: ) and hoping to go away some where for a few days..so may pay a visit to the steam ensemble.. :clap:
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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 04:01:03 PM »
I was going to go down with the Boss but she starts back at school on the 1st, so I'm thinking of going down with my festival tent and roughing it for a couple of days:- wellies obligatory .  :

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 04:38:27 PM »
Stew,

There is one very close to home, just a little later than the Dorset rally. Well worth a day out, if the weather is fine, it was rained off last year for the first time since it started.

http://www.malpas-yesteryear-rally.co.uk/

I will be attending and displaying in the top tent on the right.


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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 04:42:24 PM »
Stuff roughing it in the tent I'm going there.
 
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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009, 02:18:58 AM »
GDSF...... Much too far, & much too big for me an me little legs.  ::)

Now...... Malpas...... Hmmm.....

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2009, 04:06:06 AM »
I always found at steam rallies, people never really get their money's worth.

They go, look at everything as they walk around, a couple of hours later, they have seen enough and taken a load of pics, then they go home.

If they just opened their mouths, and spoke to the people running say a small engine as a sideline display, they will be greeted with open arms, and everything they ever needed to know would be told to them.
Every displayer there will have a story to tell, and is only too willing to talk about it. The displayers are not there to stand all day doing nothing. So get involved, and you might find that short walk around has taken the whole day, and you can't wait until the next year to find out even more.

So even a medium sized rally like the Malpas one, can, if you are willing to ask and talk, keep you occupied for the whole day, maybe more, and you will certainly get your money's worth.

BTW, at events like this, even the other half can get involved, there are craft areas, handbag stalls, nick knacks and shoe salesmen, all waiting to drain your wallet.

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009, 04:13:22 AM »

BTW, at events like this, even the other half can get involved, there are craft areas, handbag stalls, nick knacks and shoe salesmen, all waiting to drain your wallet.

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2009, 08:17:48 AM »
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I'll hide her cards   :lol:

Stew

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Bogs is right though, I've been going to them since I was probably under the age of 10. I was there because my dad would be displaying vintage cars, but I would spend most of my time around the miniature traction engines, stationery engines or in the model tent! I would talk to people even in my early teens, probably made the exhibitors uncomfortable by hanging around for so long!

I still often see some of the old guys that used to give me rides on their model traction engines at steam fairs and even let me take control of them on some occasions!

I always say you need more than a day at them, we used to camp at pickering for the 3 days.

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Re: Great Dorset Steam Fair
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2009, 12:09:23 PM »
Would like to go... Just a little too far for me!

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