Tavistock Goose Fair
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Tavistock Goose Fair is an annual event that takes place on the 2nd Wednesday in October, with over 200 stalls and fairground rides, in the town centre.
The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock dates back to the early 12th Century, when a Michaelmas Fair held every September 29th provided the opportunity for business and animal trading, and was a social event for wives and daughters.
The name Goose Fair probably came about as farmers brought their geese ready for fattening for Christmas, and the only other Goose Fair (in Nottingham) has a similar connection.
When the new calendar was introduced in 1752 the ‘loss’ of 11 days changed the date of the Michaelmas Fair to October 10th, and now the Fair is held on the second Wednesday in October each year.