There have been many stories about Widecombe Fair over the years, how it began and when.
All has now been well researched and published in a book:

"The History of Widecombe Fair" ISBN 97818989 6479 7 - price £6.95.

You can read a potted history of a great day out on Dartmoor.
One of the most famous Fairs in the country. Once a market for local farmers to sell their surplus stock, now a showcase for all that is wonderful about this part of the country.

For more information, visit the History Group's web site: WIDECOMBE HISTORY GROUP