ORGANISERS of the 33rd Frampton Country Fair promised another bumper show.

This year’s event took place on this Sunday, when the normally quiet village of Frampton on Severn played host to more than 14,000 visitors.

Always keen to add new elements to the show, this year saw a well-travelled visitor dropping in - almost literally!

Award winning conservationist, Sacha Dench, flew in to the showground on her paramotor - the same mode of transport she used for her epic trip across Europe following the migration route of the endangered Bewick swans.

The Bewicks arrive at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, just down the road from Frampton, every winter. One of the exhibits which has grown dramatically since its introduction at Frampton in 2000 has been the Living Working Countryside. This is a showcase for rural skills including which over time have been in slow decline but which in recent years have seen resurgence in interest.

The scale of the event is a far cry from the very modest fixture that first took place in 1986. Back then a small group of country pursuits’ enthusiasts decided to put together a few displays and competitions.

Frampton Country Fair is a non profit making event that supports charities and good causes relating to the countryside and local area.

Activities in the main ring will be a falconry display, dog agility demonstrations, inter-hunt relay, hound parade and some serious competition amongst the tent pegging teams who will be galloping across the park and aiming for a 12-inch wooden stake with their lances.

Organiser Rollo Clifford said: “There really is something there for everyone and the fact that all the proceeds go to countryside and local good causes make it more than just a good day out.” I’m sure that one of the other reasons for its popularity in the venue. It is one of the few shows in the country that takes place next to open water - perfect for a fly fishing demonstration and the chance to have a go.“

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