Cheshire Country Fair 2011 | Knutsford Times

Cheshire Country Fair 2011

By on August 26, 2011

The Cheshire Game & Country Fair featuring the English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition Saturday, Sunday & Monday August 27th, 28th & 29th.

Cheshire Showground plays host to the 7th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition and a combination of endless country attractions. They are part of The Cheshire Country Fair being held on 27th, 28th & 29th August. The fair is the largest event of its type in the region which hosts three days of country entertainment, top country sports, arena demonstrations and attractions, endless shopping, special themed villages, and specialist food halls.

The 7th English Open Chainsaw Competition has become a real favourite with visitors and attracts enthusiasts from all over the UK and Europe. The carvers come from all over the world and are amazing to watch. They use pieces of wood up to 20 feet in height to produce the main carvings, each one becomes a sought after piece of chainsaw art. At the end of the competition the carvings are auctioned so this is your chance to pick up that special carving. There is also a daily speed carve where the carvers have 30 minutes to carve a smaller item. These are also auctioned, immediately after the carve.

Visitors to the fair can expect to see all their favourite country attractions in all day action packed arenas and special themed villages. The main arena sees Tom Longton, famed from ‘One Man and his Dog’ with his sheepdog displays making his debut at this show, and the action packed scurry racing will also be starring.  Over 60 of the world’s rarest Birds of Prey come together in a unique falconry village and demonstration arena. Regular demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend

Food Glorious Food with the country kitchen offers visitors the chance to taste and buy many different types of local and regional specialist foods.  The country kitchen has all day cookery demonstrations by top chef Tony Robertson from Game to eat, and Food Archaeologist & TV Chef Alan Coxon. A new feature at this years show is the ‘Catch ’em and Cook ’em duo of Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets and Marie Taylor who will be looking at the merits of Rabbit as a food source. Simon will be in the Countryside Arena showing how to catch Rabbits with Long Netting techniques, whilst Marie will be in the Cookery Kitchen showing how to prepare and cook a selection of Rabbit dishes.

The craft village is always a popular call. Around 50 specialist artists and designers will be exhibiting and selling in this area. They are complimented by our demonstration village where glass blowing, blacksmithing, calligraphy and coppice wood crafts are all on display. There will be plenty of chances for you to have a go at various crafts.

There’s something for all the family at this show, including the youngsters. Apart from puppet shows and amusements, there is the opportunity to learn how to fish with the Angling Trust, or fly a hawk in the Falconry Village, or handle a gundog at the Gundog Clinic. The 20 minute sessions are free so come along and ‘Have a Go’ at these country pursuits.

A visit to the Cheshire Game & Country Fair is an excellent day out for the Countryman, it’s probably an even better day out for the Family as there’s just so much going on.  With 3 Main Show Arenas offering all day entertainment, lots of smaller Country Sports Arenas, Craft Show, Food Show, Children’s Entertainments, relaxing Food Courts, and the English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. There really is something for everyone at this show.

The Cheshire Game & Country Fair
Cheshire Showground, Flittogate Lane, Tabley, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HJ

Saturday, Sunday & Monday August 27th, 28th & 29th
Open Daily 10am – 6pm
Adults £10, OAP’s £9, Children (5-15) £4
For discounted advance tickets and full show details view

Tel 01283 820548

Submitted by Marge Needham

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