40th Soham Pumpkin Fair will commemorate centenary of First World War outbreak

PUBLISHED: 10:10 23 September 2014

Soham Pumpkin Fayre, Jacob Schueller (2) from Burwell

Soham Pumpkin Fayre, Jacob Schueller (2) from Burwell


The 40th Soham Pumpkin Fair takes place on Saturday, with the theme Poppies and Rubies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Arena Events

1.30pm Maudie Manning opens the fair

1.35pm Soham Fenlander Majorettes

1.55pm Ely Youth Choir

2.15pm Weatheralls Primary School

2.30pm Caxton and Hilton performing First World War songs

2.50pm Ferret Racing by Cambridge Ferret Welfare And Rescue Society

3.20pm Ely Youth Choir

3.40pm St Andrew’s Primary School

3.55pm Caxton and Hilton

4.15pm Soham Fenlander Majorettes

4.30pm Raffle and rrize-giving ceremony

The fair has been running since 1975 and raises money for local charities — beneficiaries of this year’s event will be Soham Museum, Soham Playgroup and Soham Action 4 Youth.

As well as the quest to find the largest pumpkin, there are classes for the tallest sunflowers, heaviest marrow, longest runner bean and biggest onion.

Entries must be at the recreation ground between 9.30–11.30am, with judging starting at 11.30am.

There will also be dance demonstrations, ferret racing, choir performances, charity stalls and a display of First World War memorabilia. Mr Pumpkin is also due to make an appearance.

A gardeners question time, hosted BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, takes place in the scout and guide community centre, from 3–4pm.

The fair opens to the public at 1.30pm and finishes at 5pm. Entry is £2 for adults, £1 for children aged 12–18 and concessions. Children under 12 enter for free. There is an additional £1 charge to park via the Gardener’s Lane entrance.

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