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Shugborough Estate gears up for game fair's silver celebration

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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The West Midlands Game and Country Fair has enjoyed 25 successful years of showcasing rural skills and pursuits.

On Saturday the annual event will move to Shugborough Hall for two days of demonstrations and stalls.

Staffordshire County Show stalwart Meirion Owen and his Quack Pack are a new attraction for 2014. The sheepdog handler, judge and event organiser is a previous Welsh National Sheepdog Championship winner and he will be showcasing the talents of border collies, and the communication between handler and dog, as his canines guide Indian Runner ducks round courses. In the main arena the “first lady of British Falconry”,

Jemima Parry-Jones, will give falconry demonstrations while the Welsh Horse Yeomanry will pay tribute to their heritage and the horses who braved the battlegrounds of the First World War a century ago.

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Dog-lovers can enjoy canine training displays, dog and ferret events, gundog demonstrations, a novelty dog show and a dog agility arena. The show will also be the venue for the National Terrier Championship Show Final on Sunday and a full programme of gundog competitions.

Other attractions at the family weekend include a country fair, shooting coaching, a sporting clay shoot, fly casting tuition, craft fair, refreshments, “have a go” sessions for archery, airgunning and muzzle loading and children’s pony rides, quad bikes and a bouncy castle. An event spokesman said: “The event will premier the very best of country life with a variety of attractive and entertaining demonstrations in the main arena to delight visitors young and old. The weekend offers the ideal opportunity for a get-together by country-minded people and townsfolk to enjoy the rural environment in a relaxed atmosphere. “It’s a good social event for friends and family and the event is a special occasion in the country pursuits calendar. With many quality trade stands there is plenty to see. “The event attracts a variety of traders with products and services ranging from greeting cards, ceramics, woodwork and glassware to leather goods, paperweights, textile crafts, clothing, leisurewear and footwear.” The fair is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, available on the day, cost £12 for adults and admission for accompanied under 16s is free. For more information visit www.countryfairs.info.

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