A Feast for All Senses– For Country Lovers
What a fantastic Country Fest 2013!
Sunshine from beginning to end ensured the summer show season got off to a welcome start as thousands flocked to the fifth Country Fest at Crooklands. Almost 13,000 people came to the County Showground to enjoy the varied entertainment and activities on offer where visitors were treated to jazz bands, cookery demonstrations, agricultural displays and stalls filled with information and tasty treats.
From clothing to pet supplies, garden plants to range cookers, the Showground was positively full of a wide range of exhibits. The Food Zone tempted taste buds with local produce whilst a packed craft and lifestyle marquee ensured lots of choice. New for 2013, the Vintage Revival marquee was a must for every visitor, with stunning displays, great theming and a magnificent old-fashioned tea room which had everyone drooling over the cakes and pastries on offer.
The Food Theatre was extremely popular with demonstrators including the Samling Hotel, Martin McMillan from Infusion and Stuart Walton of Whinney Brow Eating House. Returning by popular request, former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson, showcased recipes from his new northern cookbook, whilst Peter Gott and David Knipe demonstrated butchery skills.
The Why Farming Matters marquee was a hive of activity throughout the weekend with excellent displays and livestock taking visitors on a journey from farm to plate. Alongside the real animals, the Society’s Jig-Cow, Jig-Pig and Jig-Sheep certainly provided food for thought! Very much family focused, there was also plenty of activities for children with jugglers, face painting, water balls, traditional fair and a chance to meet the animals at Pets Corner.
Stunning kite flying displays, by Smile Factor10, could be seen from far afield with the skies above the Showground filled with colour as kites of all shapes and sizes delighted the crowds. Meanwhile Josh Mitcheson, at just 15 years old and current European champion, wowed the crowds with stunt kite flying demonstrations in the arena and children reveled in taking their teddies parachuting!
The packed main ring programme also included pony club games from the Oxenholme club, carriage driving by Robert Dixon, falconry, motor cycle displays, Lakeland Historic Car Club and the ever popular terrier racing.
With so much to see and do Country Fest really was an event for the whole family – hope to see you next year.
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