Did you know that Pixie Day is quickly approaching? This Saturday 24th June, delve into the magical tradition and discover more about our charming town. 

Ottery St. Mary’s Pixie Day is a unique and captivating event held annually in the town. This delightful tradition celebrates the local folklore surrounding mischievous pixies and brings together locals and visitors for a day filled with excitement, laughter, and a touch of magic.

Pixie Day takes place on the nearest Saturday to the summer solstice, attracting people from far and wide who are eager to witness the whimsical festivities. The origins of this enchanting event can be traced back to the 1950s when a group of residents decided to create a memorable and entertaining spectacle for the town.

The day begins with the town crier announcing the opening of Pixie Day, and a procession led by the "Pixie King" and "Pixie Queen" parading through the streets. The participants, dressed in vibrant costumes, paint their faces and wear pointed hats, resembling the mischievous pixies of local legends. Accompanied by a lively band, the procession weaves its way through the town, spreading cheer and inviting spectators to join in the fun.

One of the highlights of Pixie Day is the reenactment of the legendary tale of the pixies' capture. According to the folklore, the townspeople managed to trap the troublesome pixies in a fishing net and carried them to the church. As part of the reenactment, a group of children representing the pixies attempt to free their captured brethren, while the townspeople try to prevent their escape. The playful battle between the children and the townsfolk creates an atmosphere of joy and laughter, captivating all who witness it.

Throughout the day, the streets come alive with various activities and entertainment. There are live music performances, traditional dances, and stalls offering local crafts and delicious food. Children can enjoy face painting, storytelling sessions, and games, immersing themselves in the magical world of pixies.

Pixie Day is not only a celebration of local folklore but also a testament to the tight-knit community spirit of Ottery St. Mary. The event brings together residents, young and old, fostering a sense of camaraderie and pride in their town's heritage. It also serves as a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of the area and attract visitors to experience the town's enchanting atmosphere.

As the day draws to a close, the participants gather for a final parade, celebrating the successful capture of the mischievous pixies. The streets are filled with cheers and applause, as the townspeople bid farewell to the magical creatures until the following year.

Ottery St. Mary Pixie Day is a truly magical and enchanting event that captivates the imagination and brings joy to all who attend. It is a testament to the power of folklore and community, and a reminder of the importance of embracing the whimsy and wonder in our lives.

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