HERE’S to 30 years!
The Chatsworth Country Fair is returning today for a packed three days of attractions and entertainment, celebrating three decades of the event on the Derbyshire estate.
Top-class sheep and gundog trials, a fine food village, a large horse driving meet and a major clay pigeon shoot are on offer alongside many more exhibits and stalls.
The fair will also see the first appearance of the RAF Red Arrows display team since the tragic death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging in a crash at the Bournemouth Air Festival just under two weeks ago.
Initially it seemed the team might be forced to pull out - but the Red Arrows have now begun flying again and plan to perform today at 4.15pm in a formation of eight Hawk planes.
This year’s fair is dedicated to the Armed Forces, and organisers will be encouraging visitors to make donations to service charities, as well making contributions themselves.
Crowds of around 90,000 are expected and the focus of the show will be the grand ring, boasting over 300 trade stands and crafts, while around the park there are more than 40 showground attractions.
Every day early in the morning and at dusk, the country’s second-biggest hot air balloon lift will take place, and cookery demonstrations will be running daily in the food village from 11am to 5pm.
Sunday will see the appearance of massed bagpipe bands in the grand ring, and families can also enter their dogs into amateur shows tomorrow.
Former Yorkshire and England cricketer Michael Vaughan, from Baslow, near Chatsworth, will be taking on the role of fair president, following celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh who held the title last year.
Gates open at 9am and the closing ceremony is at 6.30pm daily. Tickets cost £15 today, £17 on both Saturday and Sunday, with under-14s admitted free.
Visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk for more details.