Emma and I had a great time at the Royal County of Berkshire Show last weekend and really enjoyed judging the small tradestands. There were more than 80 in our category to look at and it was hard to choose between so many great stands but after much deliberating we finally settled on three stands to take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
And the winners were…
Third place went to Mil-tek who make waste balers and compactors. We thought it was a really well laid out and eye catching technical stand and the staff were really friendly.
Second place went to Farmer Brown’s Products who manufacture and supply high quality wild bird, poultry and animal feeds. Their products looked great and we thought they had done a great job in making their stand look friendly and inviting.
And finally a big congratulations to Albert Rose who took first place. A quirky-looking stand selling country chic accessories, furniture and furnishings for the home and garden, we thought this stand had the wow factor in terms of presentation.
We’re back from another fantastic CLA Game Fair which this year was held in the grounds of the stunning Blenheim Palace.
An action-packed couple of days as always, we were on site from Thursday morning getting the Muddy Matches motorhome in position and setting up our stand. We were a bit scared as it chucked it down with rain for most of the day but luckily the weather cleared before everyone arrived on the Friday.
In fact, we were blessed with the weather as it was an absolute scrocher for most of the weekend and there were nearly 150,000 visitors to the show over the three days – the second highest number of visitors in the show’s 53-year history!
We all had a great time on our stand as literally hundreds of our members (past, present and joined-at-the-Game Fair) popped in to have a chat. We signed up hundreds of new members and were giving out a week’s free subscription to current members who came to say hello so, if you’re still looking to meet rural singles who love the muddy lifestyle, now is an excellent time to be using the site. Why not do a search for our ‘newest members’ and send some of them a message to welcome them to the site?
Just a couple of years ago, we were celebrating the fact that 17 couples came up to us at the Game Fair to say that they were getting married or living together. Can you believe then that around 65 couples came up to us this year to say that they were either engaged or married?! There were also a lot more who had recently met and a few others who were there on a first date, inspired perhaps by Gareth and Kelly’s story that had featured in the Daily Telegraph the week before?
To read more of our countryside dating success stories, please click here.
One couple, Charles and Sophie, met on the website in 2008 and came to tell us about it at the 2009 Game Fair. Two years on, we were delighted to hear that they had got married – a big congratulations to them both!
The ‘Muddy AfFair’ dating show
A big thank you to the three strapping chaps – Jake, Jonathan and Martin – who took part in our dating show in the Game Fair Theatre on the Saturday. They were fantastic fun and completely entered into the spirit of the show to whoops of approval from the packed audience.
Hosted by Apprentice finalist Claire Young, each chap took their turn to try and impress a group of about 20 country girls with a view to taking one of them on a date at the end of the show. First up was Jonathan, who ended up picking Hannah, then Jake who picked Stephanie and finally Martin who picked Mary.
After the show, the three couples went off to enjoy a bottle of champage and a yummy picnic in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. A massive thank you to Pipers Crisps, Lymn Bank Farm Cheese Company, Mr Pitchfork’s Pickles, Deli Farm Charcuterie, Belleau Smokery, Loopy Lisa’s Fudge and Breckland Orchard who were all exhibiting at the Game Fair and kindly supplied the goodies for the picnic.
Next year’s Game Fair is being held at Belvoir Castle near Grantham, Leicestershire – see you there?
Are you Fair Game? We are currently looking for fun-loving muddy people to take part in the dating show. It’s going to be a very light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek event, so if you, or any of your friends, are single and game for a laugh, why not give it a go…you only live once! We need men and women of all ages to apply, and those chosen to take part could end up being whisked off to enjoy a romantic picnic in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.
Click here for more information about the dating show and how to take part.
We had a great day at Cereals yesterday and it was fab to see so many of our members, past and present. Thanks to all of you who reminded us what a useful service we provide to single farmers – glad to see so many of you in happy couples now and telling all your friends about it!
Slight technical hitch with the MM motorhome though!
Great to see so many of you at the LAMMA Show yesterday!
Emma and I had a cracking day, despite a small hiccup with the vehicle (see below), and were really chuffed to hear so many success stories. We’d only been in the showground about 5 minutes and thought we’d grab some breakfast before wandering round and the lady we bought our food from announced that she had just got together with someone from Muddy Matches! Later on, another chap told us that he had just got married to a girl he had met on the site…all in all I think about 15 people came up to us to say that they had found lurve with Muddy Matches which is very exciting!
Now, as you know, we love a bit of mud but it did cause a few problems for us yesterday when we got the MM motorhome stuck in the entrance just seconds after entering the car park. They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity but, had we fully blocked the entrance, there may have been a few angry farmers…luckily cars could still get by!