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Sunday, 7 June 2009

Epeigné-les-Bois’ Fête Country breaks the records

Sunday 24th May 2009

Dancers (photos from Fête Country site)

Crowd watching dancers being taught line dancing

Mother and babe dancing

Epeigné’s first Fête Country proved to be a great success breaking all records for the May fêtes of previous years. The morning randonnée (from 8am) attracted 200 walkers against the customary 60. The mayor, Michel Mergot, was occupied from 8.30am directing the traffic, which later included 30 Harley Davidsons.

'The Harley Boys'

Once the fête got away at midday 500 meals were sold with the much appreciated chilli con carne selling out as well as the steaks and the spare ribs. At the last Fête du Lac only 170 meals were sold. This year 800 glasses of draught beer were consumed. In all well placed sources say that there were over 1000 visitors.

Angels Country

Range Heroes

François and William of the Range Heroes

The highlights were the line dancing with Angels Country and the headlining band – Range Heroes.

Some of the crowd

Two Calamity Janes and a cowboy

Further details and photos here.

Suppliers: (details to be added)
Les légumes: Bernard Clement, La Grange, 37150 Luzille
Les viandes: Philippe Goulet, 13 pl Pierre Fidele Bretonneau 41400 Saint-Georges-sur-Cher. Tel: 02 54 32 30 35
Les vins: Jean Claude Legrand, Les Bruyères, 41400 Saint-Georges-sur-Cher
and Les Maîtres de la Gourmandière (Cave-coop de Francueil),
14, Rue de Chenonceaux, 37150 Francueil.

The date for the 2010 May fête at Epeigné-les-Bois will be le dimanche le 16 mai. Le comité des fêtes has yet to decide what the theme will be for next year. Will it be country again or something else? The comité’s next meeting is this Thursday.

Prochain rendez-vous@Epeigné-les-Bois:
13 juillet – Fête de la Bastille avec des moules frites.


Jean said...

Wow Jim, love the great music on the comment form!! We love country music and we hope it will be a country do next year. We were in the Loire this year but didn't know it was on. Thanks for the date. The French love country music, apparently. We turned up on our Harleys one year at a Harley shop somewhere in Brittany to find a country music bash going on. It was great fun but somewhat incongrous we thought. The burgers served at the burger van were definitely "a point".

Jim's Loire said...

Hi Jean. Have passed your comments onto Mark, who is on the comité des fêtes, so we'll see what happens. if you promise to turn up on your Harleys that might swing it!