One of Country Fest’s main attractions this year was the utterly breath-taking Bolddog Lings FMX Team, whose heart-stopping tricks and stunts kept thousands of visitors thoroughly entertained throughout the weekend. Performing twice a day, these dare devils could be seen somersaulting through the air in the Lloyd South Lakes Arena – a first for Country Fest and a definite favourite with all visitors.
New sections this year included the WI Marquee, which was filled with stunning displays. Showcasing the best of the region with their theme ‘Celebrating Cumbria’, classes included ‘Wordworth’s Daffodils’ and ‘A Decorated Hiking Boot’ amongst others, which made for some fantastic exhibits. Thanks to all those involved for their hard work. Country Fest also welcomed the new Sew Crafty Marquee, with competitive handicraft classes for all ages. Entries were excellent for this section, and organisers Wendy Swainson and Maria Jones put in a huge amount of effort – 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, so thanks to them for all their great work. We hope that both sections will continue to flourish!
Due to DEFRA restrictions, we were unfortunately unable to hold a Poultry show on Saturday, however with thanks to Jim Benson, an egg show went ahead which was well attended and welcomed. Sunday saw the return of the Rabbit Show, which is always popular with visitors, and ran as smoothly as ever under the watchful eye of Laurel Benson. Elsewhere, 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 was, as ever, another superb addition to Country Fest. The competition was 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, now in its second year 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. Without them, Country Fest would not be the success it is, and with word spreading about this great family event, we hope to see it continue to prosper.
Rabbit Show Results
1K Trail Race Results