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Country Fest

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 2018

After a record breaking year in 2017, with sunshine all round, Country Fest will return on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Celebrate the beginning of British Summertime with us at Country Fest – a fantastic family event, with delicious food and drink, countryside activities, children’s workshops, daring stunt displays, live music and plenty more for the whole family to get involved in. Held at the Westmorland County Showground, Crooklands, near Kendal

2017 saw the utterly breath-taking Bolddog Lings FMX Team take to the Lloyd South Lakes Arena, whose heart-stopping tricks and stunts kept thousands of visitors thoroughly entertained throughout the weekend.  These dare devils could be seen somersaulting through the air – a first for Country Fest and a definite favourite with all visitors.

New sections included the WI Marquee, which was filled with stunning displays and the Sew Crafty Marquee, with competitive handicraft classes for all ages.  Entries were excellent for this section, the marquee looked spectacular, with a corner dedicated to handmade scarecrows, made by local Primary Schools, as well as craft workshops taking place throughout the weekend.

The RBST Young Shepherd’s worked tirelessly all weekend looking after their Rare Breed Sheep, whilst taking part in show preparation and etiquette workshops with the finale of the Young Shepherd’s Event classes on Sunday.

The Young Farmers Tug of War County Final returned, with the competition  dominated by Sedbergh, who won both the men’s and ladies’, with Broughton wining the mixed juniors.  Crowds of enthusiastic visitors enjoyed fierce competition, whilst enjoying the stunning kites flying overhead – which are now becoming a Country Fest trade mark!

The Food Theatre welcomed BBC Food & Drink’s Tim Maddams, who made the most of local produce in his demonstrations.  We were also joined by McClures, Docker Duck Egg Company and Crankshaft Brewery, with a new children’s baking workshop taking place on Sunday morning.  The sausage workshop continued to grow in popularity, whilst the Food Zone housed some of the country’s finest produce to try and buy.

Country Fest could not run without a fantastic team of dedicated stewards and volunteers, and we would like to thank them all heartily for their hard work on the run up the event, as well as during and afterwards.

We hope to see you all again in 2018!

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