An open day is taking place at Tidmouth Sheds. All the engines are looked at by the public - except Thomas, when the visitors go and have refreshments instead. However, with so many visitors, the food supply runs low, so the Fat Controller sends Thomas to collect more food. When he returns he is pleased when the visitors finally notice him.
- The open day story line is similar to the 1998 annual story The Star of the Show but it takes place at Tidmouth Sheds instead with Tidmouth Station.