Country fair dates announced

This year’s Galloway Country Fair takes place on August 17 and 18 at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate.

It is expected to attract thousands of people from across the country with a broad array of or activities, traders and demonstrations for all the family.

The annual event has secured Border Cars as the headline sponsor for the annual event.

Jo Jones, events manager for the Galloway Country Fair, said: “Following on from the success of 2012, we are keen to keep building and growing the event, so I am thrilled to welcome Border Cars into a partnership with us. Its support as headline sponsor is brilliant news and it’s very encouraging to have such a prestigious and well-known local business getting involved as we anticipate more visitors and local traders than ever before.

“As well as Border Cars, we have a number of other sponsors, including AMD Contract Services, one of Scotland’s leading plant hire contractors as well as Roxtons and Chapel Farm Dog Food.”

Highlights for the Galloway Country Fair 2013 include clay pigeon shooting, Highland games, celebrity chef demonstrations, dog displays and trials, as well as a selection of fantastic retailers.

It will also offer an array of entertaining acts in the main arena and an impressive food hall area showcasing a delicious selection of regional local produce with cookery demonstrations and sampling.

For the second year running Gunmakers Row will feature a wide range of firearms, rifles, shooting accessories and fishing tackle from leading suppliers.

In addition, 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 flips and tricks 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 and craft marquee, the weekend is sure to be a fun-packed weekend for all the family.

Advance tickets are available from at 25% 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 fair on both the Saturday and Sunday. The cost is £1 and will run on the hour from Thornhill and on the half-hour from the castle back to Thornhill.