Northam Farm Country & Western Festival 2015 – 21st Anniversary
(Please see images of C&W below)
Once again, we have a very successful festival. The wonderful sunny weather was a huge contributing factor. The holiday park was full to capacity with touring caravans, motorhomes, tents and tepees and from wherever you stood you could see the colourful Western flags fluttering in the breeze (when there was one!) There was a wonderful atmosphere on the holiday park as well as our very busy entertainment venues; The Seagull, The Staging Post and Scotty’s.
As usual, the costumes were wonderful from the Native Americans to the surly cowboys and the elegant townsfolk. Thank you to the ladies who paraded for the Reception girls in their beautiful authentic dresses with matching accessories even down to flashing their very fetching long bloomers! That’s real commitment!
Everybody enjoyed the shootouts held twice daily and we even had a Bucking Bronco on the park. I did re-stock the First Aid kit with extra liniment and bandages just in case but fortunately they were not needed.
This year we held the Charity Car Boot Sale on Northam Farm instead of at Scotty’s. It was a big success, aided by the lovely sunny weather. We were able to have more tables and there was more space for visitors. It’s a good job as we had never seen so many people looking for that special bargain. The Diner and take-away were very busy with breakfasts and teas and coffees and I believe David was particularly popular with the staff.
Reception was once again decorated with flags and memorabilia and the girls’ enjoyed dressing up every day. Jenny Two Feathers was absent for the start of the festival but threw herself into the last weekend helping to raise the spirits of those of us who had been there from the beginning and who were starting to flag! (How does she know the lyrics to so many songs?) As usual, Judy Clinking Bottles staggered through the festival with a glazed expression on her face and in a world of her own! (No change there then!) Thank goodness Mandy and Annette were on hand to keep the office running! The new girls particularly enjoyed the festival never having experienced anything like it before. Sonia went home virtually every night with something she had bought from the market, certainly boosting their trade! And Luverne supervised the Car Boot Sale looking very officious with her clip board! Don’t mess with Luverne! Apparently. David Two Rivers thinks he is in charge but we know different!
The entertainment was the usual high standard with a variety of acts performing through the afternoon and every night. Mal and Jan were kept busy hosting The Seagull and organising the line dancing. A big thank you to them fall all their help through the year organising the festival. And thank you to Kevin and Rachael for hosting Scotty’s.
Our usual thank you to the Traders in the Marquees at The Seagull and at Scotty’s and on Northam Farm. Once again we had a few new faces this year who joined our loyal regulars. There were plenty of bargains to be had from flags, music, memorabilia as well as authentic costumes and jewellery and much more.
Our chosen Festival Charity this year was The British Heart Foundation. We had collections throughout the festival and our annual Raffle and Auction was held on Thursday. We are pleased to announce that we have raised £2050.00. Thank you to everybody who contributed.
So, it’s all over for another year. The flags have gone, the tents removed and everyone has gone home. Thank you to you all for making the Festival what it is today. When you approached Philip 21 years ago and asked if you could hold the festival at The Seagull we never could have imagined that it would become such a major event in the Country & Western calendar. It takes a lot of organising but you make it all worthwhile.
We’ve already started organising for next year so don’t forget to join us; you will be most welcome. The photos of this years’ festival will be on this webpage shortly.
And remember, worry is like a rockin' horse. It's something to do that don't get you nowhere!
Dates for 2016 Festival: Thursday 29th September to Sunday 9th October