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By 17th June 2019Country Fest

Despite the showers, almost 15,000 visitors attended last weekend’s Country Fest at Crooklands, enjoying everything the festival had to offer, celebrating the British countryside.
The Bolddog Lings wowed crowds in the Lloyd South Lakes Demo Arena with daring airborne stunts encouraged by a cheering audience. The crowd pleasing Terrier racing was great fun and other highlights included the Fell Pony Display Team choreographed beautifully to music, historic and classic motorcycles and Old Hall Farm Bouth brought one of their immaculately turned out Shire horse’s and Charlotte gave a most enlightened commentary on the breed.
We were delighted to host the IWA National Trailboat Festival, part of the bicentenary celebrations of the opening of the Lancaster Canal. Trailboaters from throughout the UK had gathered on the Northern Reaches with a stunning array of boats culminating in an illuminated flotilla.
The new Floral Design Marquee amazed visitors with the creative and imaginative flower displays, demonstrations, and have a-go-work stations. Another first this year was the “Thriving Trolleys” Competition open to local primary schools, who were challenged to plant, grow and nurture an array of flowers fruit or vegetables in a supermarket trolley within the theme of Health and Happiness. Congratulations go to Flookburgh Primary School who gained first place.
The McClures Food Theatre was packed all weekend with people enjoying cookery demonstrations from numerous chefs including 2019 MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou. The Sew Crafty Marquee was busy with both young and old hand making hearts for the special baby care unit.
The WI Marquee celebrated “Market Day” and the Vintage Revival Marquee included a Vintage Tea Room serving tea and cakes which was a big hit and poignant in this special 75th anniversary of D-day. The extremely popular Food Zone was full of all manner of delicious food and drink for visitors to purchase and take home.
Record entries took part in the Young Shepherd event, part of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust section. Popular favourites included Discover Farming, Pets Corner and Poultry and Rabbit Shows plus the Kite Festival. The Companion Dog Show and Terrier Show were well supported, with the Westmorland Veterinary Group presenting rosettes to the winners.
Bake a Cake Competition Prizes were presented by the President, Sam Rayner, and kindly donated by the Aga Shop Kendal.
Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society, said: “We are so proud to be celebrating 11 years of Country Fest. A huge thank you to all the visitors for coming and supporting the event and special thanks to all the exhibitors, display teams, traders, producers and our fantastic team of volunteers who all help to make this enjoyable family event what it is. We look forward to welcoming you all again next year for another great Country Fest where there really is something for all the family”
Country Fest will take place on 30 and 31 May next year, so make a date in your diary.