Game and Country Fair showcases every element of the great outdoors
Steve Adams 2019 07398 238853
From rural traditions to exhilarating entertainment, the full spectrum of East Anglia's great outdoors was put on show at a country fair this weekend - including its unpredictable weather.
The East Anglian Game and Country Fair brought a crowd of thousands to the Euston Estate near Thetford for the annual two-day showcase of rural pursuits, food and country sports.
But the first day of the event on Saturday saw fewer visitors than usual as the tail of Storm Hannah whipped up cold and blustery conditions.
It also forced the cancellation of the headline main arena performance by the Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team – and then when the weather improved enough for the team to jump on Sunday, one of the parachutists landed outside the arena, causing minor injuries to a food hall trader.
But aside from this accident, the rest of the show was deemed a success by organisers as the better Sunday weather rescued the attendance figures and swelled the audiences for attractions which characterised the rural heart of the show.
They ranged from falconry, forestry, ferret-racing and fly-fishing to dog agility shows and high-speed horse-boarding competitions – where racers on skateboards are pulled around a course by horse-riders.
Event organiser Andy Grand said: “There have been a lot of people here today, which has made up for Saturday. I think we will end up roughly where we were last year, but while last year we had two even days, this year it will be maybe 70/30 in favour of the Sunday.
“We have been really busy and we have had phenomenal feedback. People see what an important part the countryside plays in the counties they come from to visit the show.
“Without the countryside, life would be very boring. People really enjoy the activities with their dogs and seeing this amazing sport of horse-boarding. People can see things here that they cannot see anywhere else. And they can have a go at activities like archery, crossbow shooting and the rifle range.
“Even when the weather was bad, people came prepared. Most of the people that come here are used to being outside in all the elements, whether it is walking their dog, or going shooting and fishing. A bit of bad weather won't put them off.”