A little later than in previous years but the Thoresby Country Fair last weekend was bigger and better than ever. The first day was slightly dull, but on the second day the sun came out and so did the crowds! It’s always a lovely setting, but with blue skies as well it really did look fantastic.
Our new arena act Stunt Mania are a mother-son duo, performing some pretty amazing motorcycle stunts! Driving through fire, and soaring over vehicles, driven ever further away from the ramp – well worth watching!
As were the horse-boarders who followed them on for the third round of the National Horseboarding Championships of 2016. Having made a couple of TV appearances over the weekend, they had crowds coming just to see them, and they didn’t fail to entertain!
Over in the World of Dogs area we had lurchers, terriers, Stuart North was running a gun dog training clinic and Paul Makepeace was demonstrating a Walk Up Shoot. The Fun Dog Show was busy and raised over £300 for the Jerry Green Dog Rescue – I just loved the Fancy Dress Winner, very appropriate for Nottinghamshire!
We also had Have A Go Flyball and Agility, with Bear the Bulldog proving that any breed can get involved! And I enjoyed watching Stuart Barnes and his amazing sheepddogs working incredibly hard to get those ducks to stay in the pen!
The food halls were busy, as were the craft marquees, and the glass blowing demonstrations were crowded all day, as usual. With their mobile kiln and large screen, Ed and Marg put on a great display and show how they create their glasswork from beginning to end.
Children always have a great day out at our shows and one little lad had a great time learning some angling skills. The archery was also popular, and many children enjoyed ‘panning for gold’. Further around the show, there was the opportunity to try on some genuine chain mail head-gear, and Johnny Pusztai’s Big Burger Making Challenge was great fun. I think the kids beat Johnny again. They usually do!
Next stop Sandringham next week. It’s not a Country Show, but our exciting new Craft Show, just for artists and designers and featuring the England V Germany Chainsaw Carving Sandringham Cup. Click here for details!