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Tickets are selling fast for the 2013 Galloway Country Fair.

The event has established itself as one of the premier country events in the Scottish calendar.

With only six weeks to go, the spectacular country show will once again descend on the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle and country estate on the weekend of August 17 and 18 – and, according to surge of ticket interest, it is expected to be the biggest to date.

With Border Cars secured as headline sponsor, the annual fair is expected to attract thousands of people from across the country with more activities, traders and demonstrations for all the family than ever before.

Jo Jones, event manager for Galloway Country Fair, said: “We have had an astounding amount of interest in tickets for the 2013 show, which is incredibly encouraging. We hope, as we celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland, that our event will be visited by record numbers and early indications allow us to be optimistic.

“Thousands of people have taken advantage of our 25 per cent discount offer on tickets if ordered before August 1 so we would urge anyone keen to come along to visit our website and order their tickets. We have a great show lined up – certainly not one to be missed.”

Highlights this year include clay pigeon shooting, Highland games, celebrity chef demonstrations, dog displays and trials, as well as a selection of some 200 fantastic retailers and trade. The line-up in the two show rings will also offer an array of entertaining acts and an impressive food hall area showcasing a delicious selection of delectable regional produce with cookery demonstrations and sampling.

In addition, Gunmaker Row will feature a wide range of firearms, rifles and shooting accessories, and world-renowned spaniel trainer Ian Openshaw will be showcasing what his dogs can do, and motorcycle stunt rider Steve Colley will thrill the crowd with his astounding flips, tricks and jumps in the main arena.

The Fishing Village will host demonstrations, casting clinics and children can learn about the sport and have a go. And with a funfair, bustling craft marquee and fabulous food hall the weekend is sure to be a fun-packed weekend for all the family.

The 2013 event is anticipated to become even more important in the yearly calendar, during the Scottish government-led Year of Natural Scotland campaign.

Year of Natural Scotland celebrates Scotland’s stunning natural and historic landscapes, art inspired by nature, surprising wildlife and delicious food and drink, all of which feature heavily during the weekend.

Advance tickets are still available from at 25 per cent reduction on advertised prices until August 1. Tickets will also be available on the day.

A shuttle bus service will run between Thornhill (departing Wallace Hall Academy car park, stopping at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel) and Drumlanrig Castle for the Galloway Country Fair on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event. The cost is £1 and will run on the hour from Thornhill and on the half hour from the castle back to Thornhill.