The British Asparagus Festival 2013 featured Asparafest for the first time. A weekend of music and general aspargus themed country living this event seems to have replaced the previous one day festival whilst the Asparagus Auctions continued at the Bretforton Inn.
As usual the season started with the now famous Asparagus Run taking a beautifully presented round of asparagus to Fortnum and Mason in London. Gus, St George, Morris Dancers, Morgan Cars and some welcome sunshine ensured a truly festive start to the season.
Asparefest clearly went down well with a second event of the same sort planned for 2014 with the addition of overnight camping to make a real weekend of it.
Meanwhile we made it to the Asparagus Auction in aid of the Bretforton Silver Band. The sun shone, the band played, the dancers danced and a great time was had by all.
The women dancers are the Asum Gras Molly dancers who fromed in 2012 from dancers from other troupes. They dress up in asparagussy costumes and they made their debut performancers at the British Asparagus Festival 2013. We have it on good authority that they will be dnacing again at the 2014 Asparafest event.
We also got to see the Asparacart being built. This hand fashioned "Big Boys Toy" was subsequently raced in the Red Bull Soap Box Race in which non motorised vehicles are raced down a hill and are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship! The main components of this cart were a chasis showing some resemblance to an old fashioned pram chasis, a lot of sculpted poystyrene and a few gallons of green paint. The face book page dedicated to this speed machine shows the asparagus themed cart in all its glory.
The local children had put on a display of asparagus themed art work with sculptures made of paper mache. Owing to the generosity of the bidders the rounds of asparagus and smaller bundles went for enough to raise a good deal for the Band.
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