We opted for the Fletching village fete. It was spread out across the village cricket green with various stalls. One section was reserved for the vintage car show. Then there was the bell-ringing in the church. That was unique. My husband and our younger daughter participated in that. Meanwhile, our older daughter and I visited the art exhibit within the church. Quite an impressive display, and though she could not afford it, our daughter wanted to buy several paintings. I must say, it would have been nice to support the local talent.
The atmosphere of the fete was quite subdued, and I wondered if that was the case for all fetes. As I understand it, the difference between a fete and a fayre is that the fayres usually have competitive games and rides. Of course, the Rusper fayre did not have rides, but it did have games. This fete had some children’s games, a bowling pitch, clay pigeon shoot, and air water-bottles, but no participatory competitions. The fayres concentrated more on fun, whereas the fetes concentrated on sales. There were various stalls from different charities and organisations, selling books and other items for funds. Others sold plants and produce, jams, etc.
Of course, the distinctions between fayres and fetes have probably dissolved over the years, with many churches and villages changing the venues. It’s getting harder to define these traditional British celebrations. We still have yet to experience the carnivals. In the US, the word “carnival” is used so loosely to mean a fun-fair, that it will be a new experience. Of course, we had parades in the US, but it was never followed with a fayre.