All the fun of the fair

A previous winner at the Pickering Game and Country Fair

A previous winner at the Pickering Game and Country Fair

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ONE of the UK’s biggest Game and Country Fairs takes place near Whitby over the weekend.

Last year’s event at Pickering Showground pulled in over 7,000 visitors and organisers hope this year’s event, tomorrow and Sunday, will be bigger and better.The Whitby Gazette is offering families an unmissable deal with up to three children being admitted for free with two full-paying adults (see voucher).

While the show is geared towards the game enthusiast there is something for everyone and all the family.

An action-packed arena programme begins at 10am and runs until 5pm each day.

The K92000 dog display team will demonstrate their amazing skills of obedience and agility and award-winning gun dog trainer Adrian Slater will demonstrating his skills for the crowds as well as hosting gun dog scurry tests on land and water.

With 35 year’s experience of training, judging, teaching and breeding gun dogs, Adrian is recognised as one of the best handlers in the UK qualifying to run in the England Gun Dog Team for the past 10 years.

Families can join in the fun with their pet in a fun dog show starting at 9am each day while ferrets, as well as terriers and lurchers, will take part in fast-paced racing and shows organised by Alan Tyer, chairman of the Association of Lurcher Clubs.

Entry can be made on the day. Racing starts at 9am with showing at midday.

Also swooping into the arena will be Berkley Owls – one of the country’s premier owl display teams whose feathered friends from all over the world will perform flying displays.

There is also the chance to get to get up close and personal with vultures, owls, falcons, hawks and eagles as well as seeing rare breeds and reptiles.

Pickering Game and Country Fair will also play host to the UK Tractor Show with hundreds of tractors on display many of which will be taking part in tractor pulling competitions in the main arena.

Other activities include fly fishing, clay shooting, archery and quad bikes.

There will also be the traditional vintage fairground, trade stands, a licensed bar and various catering outlets, fine food and craft marquees selling a variety of Yorkshire produce as well as demonstrations of rural crafts.

Event organiser Richard Ashworth said: “This is the eighth year we have held Pickering Game and Country Fair and it has grown into one of the region’s biggest and most popular events.

“Our team has worked relentlessly to ensure this year’s fair remains a crowd pleaser while also bringing in tens of thousands of pounds to the local economy.”

Admission costs £8 adults, over 65s £7, children (under 16s) £4 and a family ticket admitting two adults and three children is £20. Parking is free. Gates open at 9am and all competitions taking place can be entered on the day. Visit www.outdoorshows.co.uk