Visitors flock to country fair

Watching the Mounted Games Association at Kelmarsh Country Fair
Watching the Mounted Games Association at Kelmarsh Country Fair

Thousands of people are expected to visit Kelmarsh Game and Country Fair today and tomorrow (Sunday and Monday, March 31-April 1).

The popular show, held in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, attracts up to 30,000 visitors over the two days and a steady stream of people were making their way there today despite the cold weather.

The show, which has something for all ages and seems to be visited by as many dogs as people, includes displays from groups including the Knights of Middle England Jousting Display Team, the Mole Show, the Sheep Show and the Mid Wales Axemen, as well as demonstrations of countryside and animal skills including horseback falconry and flyball.

Press officer Danielle Derry said: “The show has acts for families and people come from all over to take part. This year there is a competitor from Zimbabwe in the World Hunter Field Target Championship.”

Jan and Greg Benjamin, from Rushden, were at the show with their dogs Charlie and Bailey. Mrs Benjamin said: “We come every year, it’s good to be able to have a day out where people are fine with the dogs.

“This year we especially want to see the medieval knights. We don’t enter our dogs into any of the classes because one of them is too scared and the other is too grumpy.”

The country fair is on today until 6pm and from 8am to 6pm tomorrow. Last entry is 3.30pm. People visiting are advised to wear wellies!