Midland Game Fair

11th October 2017
I've been aware of this event for a number of years but hadn't regraded it as my cup of tea. True, there is a contingent from the Country Set there, but as I found out it also has appeal to anyone with a general interest in country ways. Put it this way, if you like watching Country File on a Sunday evening then you'd more than likely find something at least to keep you interested.

It was a fair walk from the 'car park' to the displays, past the target shooting (much more a participant activity than a spectator one) and lurcher arena.

Then where to start. The main arena had displays throughout the day, from working dog displays, Herdwick sheep racing (!), and medieval jousting performed by the Knights of Middle England which was very popular.

There were plenty of food stalls offering a wide variety of food to eat, and those selling produce. Cheese, wine, cider, and pies meant foodies were well catered for. A cooking demonstration tent had various shows on throughout the day. There weren't many seats inside but it was easy enough to be outside the tent and see and hear what was going on. There was a music stages but there was little happening each time I went past so I can't comment on how good or otherwise the performers were.

A small fairground (including dodgem cars) and other activities such as shooting alleys and mini-crossbows meant there was something for all ages. There were clothing stalls aplenty, not cheap but good stuff, joined by craft stalls and other selling a host of items.
While it was busy, and all the dogs that had been brought along were all well behaved, there were plenty of benches and tables to sit at, with quite a number around the main arena, which was welcome and not something that's common at events generally.

And if you wanted a pair of antlers for you hallway, there were some of those for sale too.

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2017

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