Rubber boots, wellies, galoshes, wellingtons, top boots, billy-boots, gumboots – whatever you call them ‘wellies’ are an iconic part of life on Exmoor. Exmoor’s inaugural Great Welly Boot show is a celebration of this wonderful piece of footwear and is the brainchild of the Bogtastic Festival team.
The Show, part of Bogtastic 2014 on Sunday 17 August, is being held at Simonsbath in Exmoor National Park. It is free to enter and there are prizes for everyone.
Jessica Robertson, the show organiser, says: “All you need to do is decorate an old pair of wellies or shoes with a wildlife or boggy theme and bring them along to Simonsbath to claim your prize. The finale will be the announcement of ‘Best in Shoe’ with prizes given to the best decorated pair of wellies and shoes.
“Why not go one step further and turn your decorated shoes or wellies into gardens? By filling them with soil and planting seeds or flowers in them, you can make your very own welly garden.”
The Show is open to everyone of all ages and is wonderful opportunity to be creative and reuse old wellies or shoes. Rain or shine, everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate the good old welly at Bogtastic 2014; entries from schools and youth clubs will be particularly welcome.
The Show has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Masons Kings Country Store. “It’s a pleasure to be the sole sponsor of the Exmoor Welly Boot Show, at Bogtastic 2014. As proud residents of Exmoor, we take pride in supporting the local community and events” says Elliot Prior from Masons Kings Country Store.
Entries open at 10am in Simonsbath and the winners and runners-up will be announced at 2.30pm. For more details on the show ring 01398 322164 or visit the Bogtastic page on the Exmoor National Park website 01398 322164.
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