Best of Britain's countryside on show at Frampton
By David Wood
Where: Frampton Court Estate, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EP
When: Sunday, September 9, gates open 9am
Organisers of the 33rd Frampton Country Fair are promising another bumper show.
This year's event takes place on Sunday (September 9) when the normally quiet village of Frampton on Severn is expected to play host to over 14,000 visitors.
Always keen to try and add new elements to the show, this year will see a very well-travelled visitor dropping in - almost literally!
Award-winning conservationist Sacha Dench will fly in to the showground on her paramotor - the same mode of transport she used for her epic journey across Europe following the migration route of the endangered Bewick swans.
Sacha will share some of her experiences with the show's visitors. The Bewicks arrive at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, just down the road from Frampton, every winter.
One of the exhibits which has grown dramatically since its introduction at Frampton in 2000 has been the Living Working Countryside. This is a showcase for rural skills which over time have been in slow decline but which in recent years have seen resurgence in interest - hedge laying, dry stone walling, cider making, spinning and those of the blacksmith and saddler.
The scale of the event is a far cry from the very modest fixture that first took place in 1986. Back then a small group of country pursuits enthusiasts decided to put together a few displays and competitions. They had no idea that there would be so much keen interest in the country way of life and traditional country skills.
Frampton Country Fair is a non-profit-making event which supports charities and good causes relating to the countryside and local area.
Activities in the main ring will be a falconry display, dog agility demonstrations, inter-hunt relay, hound parade and some serious competition amongst the tent pegging teams who will be galloping across the park and aiming for a 12-inch wooden stake with their lances.
Rollo Clifford, who is in charge of the event, said: "There really is something there for everyone and the fact that all the proceeds go to countryside and local good causes make it more than just a good day out.
"I'm sure that one of the other reasons for its popularity in the venue. It is one of the few shows in the country that takes place next to open water - perfect for a fly fishing demonstration and the chance to have a go."
Trade stands will display everything from local cheeses to dog and equestrian equipment. There will be country clothing retailers, leather goods, DIY tools, exotic plants and everything in between.
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