A CELEBRATION of all that is great about the county’s country life is to go on show this weekend.
Patrick Darling, High Sheriff of Herefordshire and site director for a number of years, will welcome both new and old friends to this year's Herefordshire Country Fair at Caradoc estate, Sellack, near Ross-on-Wye, on Sunday.
This year’s attractions include the Chariots of Fire Stunt Display Team, led by Amanda Saville who is an accomplished horsewoman and carriage driver.
The show is described as an "unmatched and exhilarating" arena display featuring extraordinary stunts usually only associated with riding, but taken three steps further with carriages added.
And Jules Hudson – well-known as a presenter of TV programmes with an emphasis on countryside and a passion for the outdoors – has been added to the committee's presidency ahead of this year's event.
The inter hunt jumping relay competition takes place at midday and will see 12 local hunt teams of four racing against one another through a tricky course of jumps against the clock.
Also returning to this year’s fair is the terrier racing – which dogs can take part in for £1 – and in the main ring there will be a display of falconry from Jemima Parry-Jones, of the International Centre of Birds of Prey Worldwide Conservation.
Working gun dogs, and a parade of hounds from the South Hereford Foxhounds and the Ledbury Hunt will also feature throughout the day.
There will also be more than 100 trade stands, a shopping marquee and food hall, offering a range of local food and drink suppliers with Herefordshire cider and perry on tap.
Also on offer is a chance to meet Mo the donkey who found national fame after joining his owner, Charlotte Sullivan, as pageboy during her wedding last year.
In 2013 the Country Fair elected to put surplus income into the Herefordshire Community Foundation – a Government-sponsored fund that distributes money to charitable causes in the county.
The aim is to build up a sum of money which will allow interest to be distributed to good causes.
Entry to the fair costs £10 but is free for children under 12. Gates open at 9.30am.