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Burton county fair could become a regular feature

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

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SHEEP shearing and blacksmith demonstrations have been on show as part of Burton’s very own county fair.

Bosses at the National Forest Adventure Farm confirmed they had been staging the ‘unique’ event for people during May half-term holiday and hope to make it a regular attraction that will ‘grow and grow’.

People have been able to get ‘hands-on’ with activities including sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, falconry displays, dog agility, blacksmith demonstrations and shire horse plaiting and chain harrowing.

Tom Robinson, director of the Tatenhill attraction, told the Mail that a fair had been one of his ambitions since the site opened its doors in 2011.

He said: “I have wanted to run a country fair at the farm since we opened in 2011.

“I am pleased that we have brought together a range of shows and activities that demonstrate the skills and talents of people working in agriculture and the countryside.”

The event has seen young farmer Harry Fisher putting his dog, Spot, through his paces herding sheep.

Wayne Chesterton, from Falconry Experiences, based in Rosliston, was also on hand to demonstrate the skills of his birds of prey.

Peter Wood, from Greenwood Days, showed both adults and children how to turn wood on a traditional foot-powered lathe.

Blacksmith Tim Bolton demonstrated his skills by heating and beating metal to create horseshoes.

The event was aimed at both children and adults and also played host to the regular farmers’ market that has been a major success in Swadlincote.

Visitors were also be able to enjoy a craft fair and children tried out wood-turning and corn dolly making.

The impact of the trial event will now be analysed by bosses at the tourisy hotspot.

A spokesman for the centre said: “The National Forest Adventure Farm is a great family day out, including animal encounters and outdoor and indoor play equipment.”

More information about the recent events is available by visiting www.adventurefarm.co.uk, emailing info@adventurefarm.co.uk or by calling 01283 533933.

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