After the disappointment of postponing the event in July due to the heatwave, we were relieved to finally open the doors on Open Day 2018 even if we had chosen the only wet day in September for our event!
Despite the conditions we still filled the paddock with a wide range of stalls offering gifts items for sale, useful information or services and of course lots of fun games. Particularly popular this year was a new addition, the bottle tombola, offering the chance to walk away with champagne or shampoo and everything in between! The bouncy castle sadly was a wash out, but it was perfect weather for playing hook-a-duck or on of the other kid’s games on offer.
As well as the Shelter’s own charity shop tent we had stallholders offering bottle art, garden plants and ornaments, pet photography, handmade jewelry and much more.
Of course the biggest draw of the day was the fun dog show, with lots of soggy doggies still looking fantastic as our judges – including Miss Cheltenham Katy Hemelryk and Mayor Bernard Fisher – picked out waggiest tails and prettiest eyes as well as most handsome male and best puppy. With seven classes in all the winners were reunited for Best In Show judging with the top prize going to Stoker, the gentlest giant we’ve ever met!
The main arena was also the site of a fantastic display by Gloucestershire Constabulary’s dog handlers, with a demonstration of a drug search and also the take down of an angry criminal. It was great to learn more about their work and see the dogs in action.
The poor weather meant our tea room was busy, with cakes and drinks in high demand, and the BBQ kept everyone fed through the afternoon. (Although we didn’t sell many ice creams!)
We’re hugely grateful to all the supporters, stallholders, volunteers and staff who braved the elements to make the event such a success and really pleased to have raised over £5,000 in such challenging circumstances.
It wasn’t a great day using a camera unfortunately, but here’s just a few photos from the day…