Falconry, fire-breathing and fun at the Galloway Country Fair 2014

27th June, 2014

Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Galloway Country Fair, as details of more than 200 top quality exhibitors and unmissable entertainers are announced for the August 16 and 17 event.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a falconry and animal roadshow with zoologist James McKay, who has featured on TV shows including Springwatch, Blue Peter, GMTV and Deadly 60 and even supplied some of the animals used in the Harry Potter film series.

His roadshow will offer visitors exciting, hands-on educational sessions involving a wide variety of different species, all of which are friendly, tame and can be handled.

Making a welcome return to the Galloway Country Fair this year is arena act Les Amis d’Onno – a family run Equestrian display troupe. The team will bring an entirely new show this year, wowing the crowds with their daredevil Barbarian tribal warfare display, death-defying horseback stunts, archery, fire-breathing and combat warfare. The spectacle has also been upgraded for 2014 to include both chariot and archery.

Other headline acts and entertainment include the Sheep Show (a humourous, educational live stage show about sheep and wool) tribal drumming and pipe band act Clanadonia and awe-inspiring motorcycle stunt rider Steve Colley.

There will also be traditional and educational pursuits including Scottish Highland dancing, Highland games and Fire Scotland and Police Scotland demonstrations.

A petting zoo and Funfair will keep younger visitors entertained while sporting enthusiasts can enjoy attractions including ferret racing and gundog displays from the Scottish National Gundog Team, with a scurry provided by Galloway Gundogs.

For the adventurous, there will be mini quads, Zorbs, archery and a new 65ft low ropes course.

Visitors will be well catered for, with culinary delights from sellers including A Taste of Galloway, Barlochan Highland Beef, Chillilicious, Glen Urr Icecream, The Damn Fine Cheese Company, The Earth’s Crust Bakery, The Galloway Fudge Company and many more. A huge array of delicious catering will be on site to suit all tastes.

Visitors can also browse unique gifts or homeware, premium country clothing and sporting supplies, jewellery, pet products, artwork, toys, luxury knitwear and much more. Traders include Aquila Gifts Ltd, All Weather Clothing (UK) Ltd, Wooden Toys, Woolsthorpe Wellies, Terri Campbell Jewellery and Kelbrook Pottery.

Returning to the Fair this year is the popular Fishing Village which will allow youngsters to learn about the sport through demonstrations and casting clinics. A fishing competition on the loch will be provided by Borderlines with cash prizes donated by sponsor, Anderson Strathern.

Once again, visitors can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting. Elite Clays will return to provide a Clay Shooting competition with £1,000 in prize money, thanks to sponsor Roxtons. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation will be offering coaching lines for beginners and tips on how to improve your shot.

A wide range of firearms, rifles, shooting accessories and fishing tackle from leading suppliers will be available in Gunmakers Row. An Air Rifle Range provided by the Scottish Association of Countryside Sports will offer 2D and 3D targets for visitors to test their aim.

There are still opportunities for traders and sponsors to get involved. Trade packs are available from the Galloway Country Fair website which is also new for 2014 at www.gallowaycountryfair.co.uk.

The annual fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th August, from 9am-6pm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £5 for ages 5-16, £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass. Under-fives go free. Anyone buying tickets online will enjoy a 25 per cent discount if purchased through the website before 1 August.