The Arnesby May Fayre is an annual event held on
the Monday Bank Holiday at the end of May. A variety of events, stalls,
displays and entertainment are held throughout the village and the
May Fayre has become a major attraction in the area.
Over the years that the Fayre has been held large amounts have been
raised to improve village buildings and amenities such as the village
hall and to contribute towards the maintenance of St Peter's Church,
the Baptist chapel, the Primary school and to support local organisations.
The 21st May Fayre in 2000 featured the first running of the 5 mile
cross country race between Arnesby, Shearsby and Bruntingthorpe. Thirty-six
runners took part in the first race and it has become a popular event
at every Fayre since.
2001 event was cancelled due to the foot and mouth epidemic but the
Fayre returned in 2002 as the Arnesby Jubilee Fayre as it was held
on Monday, 3 June, the date of the official celebration of
the Golden Jubilee.
In 2003 the Fayre broke all records; the warm weather brought record
crowds and record takings. The third running of the 5 mile cross country
race was again well attended and for the first time a junior race
was held. 2003
The 2004 Fayre broke all records; attendance, receipts and profit
were the highest yet. A warm, sunny day meant that helpers were at
full stretch and food and drink in particular reached new records.
A scarecrow competition proved very popular and many households entered.
The fourth Cross country race attracted 58 adult runners and 18 juniors.
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In 2005 all records were broken again - attendance and profits were
higher, the scarecrow competition was repeated with more entries this
time and the cross country race is now a part of the running calendar
for local athletic clubs. Read
The 26th Fayre in 2006 was affected by a chilly wind and threatened
by numerous rain and hail clouds. Apart from one storm at 9am and
a final downpour at 4pm however, the event went ahead as normal and
raised just over £10,000 for local organisations and amenities.
had to happen one year! After many years of at least reasonable weather
the 2007 May Fayre was beset by rain, winds and low temperatures.