A great day of country sport and fun for all the family
Along side our usual country fair favourites the 2019 fair will feature some fantastic events taking place during a day of of country sport and fun for all the family.
Please check back for our complete schedule that will be released nearer to the event.
What is on and when to see it
|10:00 to 10:30||Fly Casting Demo||The Whitfield Ring|
|10:30 to 11:15||Falconry Display||The Whitfield Ring|
|11:15 to 11:20||Blessing of the Fair||The Whitfield Ring|
|11:20 to 11:45||Parade of Hounds||The Whitfield Ring|
|11:45 to 13:00||Inter Hunt Jumping Relay||The Whitfield Ring|
|13:00 to 13:10||Prize giving and Charitable Presentations||The Whitfield Ring|
|13:10 to 13:40||Camel Racing||The Whitfield Ring|
|13:40 to 14:15||The Guinness Book of Records – Apple Bobbing Challenge||The Whitfield Ring|
|14:15 to 15:00||Axe Racing & Aerial Tree Rescue||The Whitfield Ring|
|13:00 to 15:15||Parade of Hounds||The Whitfield Ring|
|15:15 to 15:45||Camel Racing||The Whitfield Ring|
|15:45 to 16:15||Terrier Racing||The Whitfield Ring|
|16:15 to 16:45||Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Challenge||The Whitfield Ring|
|Closing Prayers & Hymns||The Whitfield Ring|
ABOUT THE EVENTS
More about the fantastic events taking place on the day
Fly Casting Demo -10.00 to 10.30
Some of the leading fly-casting demonstrators / instructors from the GAIA (Game and Angling Instructors) will showcase the skill and techniques of elegant fly casting.
Falconry Display – 10:30 to 11.15
Luke Mammatt of Wye Valley Falconry will bring numerous several birds of prey and do a flying demonstrating that is entertaining and factual. Observe the birds’ techniques as well as learning all about the evolutionary features.
Blessing of the Fair by The Reverend Mark Godson – 11.15 to 11.20
Parade of Hounds – 11:20 to 11.45
A Mounted parade of the Border Counties Bloodhounds.
Inter Hunt Jumping Relay – 11.45 to 13.00
Probably our most exciting and popular Main Ring event. 12-14 Local teams complete against the clock to gain a place in the quarter finals. Seriously competitive, high speed galloping over a mirrored course of jumps, gates, ditches and various surprise obstacles. The excitement is awesome in this thrilling event.
Prize giving and Charitable Presentations 13.00 to 13.10
Presentation of Charitable donations to – Megan Baker House and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Camel Racing 13.10 to 13.40
Joseph’s Racing Camels. Camel racing is a huge sport in the Middle East and is becoming increasingly popular in the West. JAC has been thrilling audiences around Britain since 2000. From Cheltenham Racecourse to the Royal Cornwall Show to the Ballymena Steam Rally, these camels have been there and done that. The camels and the jockeys, specially trained by us, wear fantastically colourful Arabian style outfits to add pzazz to the Fair. As well as racing, the camels are on display all day so please go and meet these splendid animals and learn more about them. The camels race down the arena, the louder the cheering, the faster they go!
The Guinness World Record – Apple Bobbing Challenge 13.40 to 14.15
To Celebrate the 40th Herefordshire Country Fair, we have set our sights on beating the current record. All the School Children of Herefordshire are invited to bob an apple out of a bucket of water. Upon the whistle blowing at 2pm, its heads down to grab the apple within one minute.
Axe Racing 14.15 to 15.00 & Aerial Tree Rescue re enactment.
Whilst the Axemen set up their axes and chopping blocks, Joe Brandt of Acer Tree services will demonstrate to highlight the importance of proper training and use of chainsaw safety clothing in reconstructing a mock tree top rescue of a tree climber in the event of a chainsaw accident. Take a straw bale seat at the Main Ring and be amazed by the speed, skill and accuracy of the Wye Valley Axemen as they use razor sharp axes and saws to bring lumber jack techniques to life.
Parade of Hounds – 15.00 to 15.15
Parade of the Ledbury Hound. Come and meet the Hounds, Horses, the Hunt Personnel & the trail layers, along with learning more about this old tradition.
Camel Racing – 15.15 to 15.45
Our Second set of 4 races, all consisting of 4 Camels. Camel Racing is a traditional sport with origins in the desert culture of Arabian peninsula, North Africa and the Middle East. Racing camels has always been a popular Bedouin sport and for centuries camels played a major role in festivals and celebrations, but thanks to the oil boom and the advent of a more western way of life some aspects traditional culture began to be overlooked and there was a danger of racing dying out.
Terrier Racing – 15.45 to 16.15
Always a popular event and a true come and have a go by entering your terrier into a series of heats, leading to a grand finale. Always a chaotic but thoroughly good fun competition. Two Classes – Owners 16 and Under & Owners over 16. Paul Ellery of Sunshine Radio will start the races.
Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Challenge – 16.15 to 16.45
A series of agriculturally related obstacle course challenges for many of the regional Young Farmer Clubs to compete against one another, along the whole length of the main ring, whilst against the clock. A test of skill, strength and stamina!
Closing Prayers & Hymns