As there was no Show on 21st August 2021, a small group was formed to organise a community picnic on the recreation field on the same date.
Along with food and drink vendors James Peake, Dairy Dreams, Montys Brewery and Old Monty Cider, the community were invited to bring their own picnic and gazebo as required. Looking ahead at the weather forecast it was at one point looking pretty doubtful whether the event would go ahead, but as the afternoon came closer the forecast improved, the rain kept off and some 160 members of the Montgomery community turned out to enjoy some long-awaited catching up, good food and drink, and good company.
Friends of Montgomery Play Park displayed information about the proposals and fundraising for the new play park and the event included a grand raffle, entertainment and games for the children.
Well over £275 was raised towards the playpark and The DPJ Foundation, one of the Mayor's charities for this year. Three resourceful younger community members, Finlay, Woody and Toby, organised their own football goal game and raised nearly £40 for the playpark.
Mayor Jill Kibble, who was part of the group who organised the event, said,
After all these long months of cancelled events this really felt like a fresh beginning and a return to community life. It was good to see Montgomery friends and families relaxing and enjoying themselves together.
Next year will hopefully see the return of Montgomery Show and, if the Friends of the Playpark are successful in their funding bid, the recreation ground may well have a unique new playpark for the town.
The Montgomery Energy Group bicycle recycling scheme brought a selection of free bikes to the recreation field, and 13 proud youngsters selected and took away a new bike from the picnic. The Montgomery Show committee and other organisers would like to thank all those that helped in making the afternoon a success and all those vendors that braved the weather and provided some good quality local produce.