Sandringham country fair attracts 20,000 to park

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The Sandringham Game and Country Fair celebrated its 10th anniversary at the weekend and once again the crowds were out in force.

About 20,000 came through the gates, with traffic on Sunday in particular backed up a long way back from the entrance with parking stretching well up to Park House.

Sandringham Game and Country Fair'Richard Rood ANL-150913-203533009

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They had come to see a whole host of attractions, in five rings, a main one, one catering for equestrian matters, one falconry, a dog show ring and the steam and vintage traction engines arena.

Mark Hulme, of Living Heritage, who organise the event, said numbers were pretty much as last year.

He said: “Saturday was quite disappointing and we put it down to the weathermen, who we would like to shoot – again!

“But overall it was very very good. It attracted people for all sorts of different reasons.”

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Among the entertainment was the latest round in the national horse-boarding championships, where skateboarders negotiate a slalom course as they are towed by a horse.

The dog shows had everything from fun to pedigree categories and included popular events such as terrier racing.

Mr Hulme said that the event has expanded out since its beginning as just a ‘huntin’,shootin’ and fishin’’ event which began when the horse trials were separated off to take place in June.

He said: “It has built an enviable reputation. It seems to grow year on year.”

He said preparations are well under way for the next of five events, Living Heritage stage at Sandringham, the Christmas Craft Show.