Returning Long Melford Country Fair hailed ‘a great success’

The Long Melford Country Fair at Melford Hall.
Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Long Melford Country Fair at Melford Hall. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Organisers who brought back the Long Melford Country Fair this year have hailed the show “a great success” and are looking to make it an annual event.

The fun carried on despite the weather. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The fun carried on despite the weather. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Friends Edd Keogh, James Janzen and Andy Piper resurrected the village’s fair for 2017 after an absence of a number of years.

The all-new country fair, held at Melford Hall on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, featured showjumping, dog agility and a strongman challenge with former UK number one Adrian Smith, who proved a big hit with the crowds.

A range of fresh produce trade stalls were also on display for the estimated 3,000 visitors over the weekend.

Mr Keogh said: “It was a great success and we’re really pleased with how it went. Obviously the weather on Saturday was a bit disappointing but Sunday was lovely and we had lots of people through the gate.

One of the demonstrations in the grand ring. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

One of the demonstrations in the grand ring. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

“Strongman Adrian Smith really got the crowd going and we had lots of great displays, like the falconry and fire demonstration.

“We’ve had lots of good feedback from stall holders and visitors and we’d love to bring it back next year.”

Peter Grant working with wood at the Long Melford Country Fair at Melford Hall. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Peter Grant working with wood at the Long Melford Country Fair at Melford Hall. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

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