Easter entertainment for all at Thame Country Fair

Trainer Alistair shows off Elvis the peregrine falcon at the Thame Country Fair

Trainer Alistair shows off Elvis the peregrine falcon at the Thame Country Fair

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More than 16,000 people enjoyed their Easter weekend at the 16th Thame Country Fair.

Horse boarding, jousting and falcon displays were among spectacular attractions across the two days which kept families and their dogs entertained.

Thame Showground, off Kingsey Road, was filled with twice as many people on Monday due to rainfall on Sunday.

But show organiser Mark Hulme said he was pleased to see the crowds embracing the unique attractions despite the mixed weather.

He said: “The forecast killed us a bit but numbers on the Monday evened it out.

“The horse boarding was particularly popular.

“To see it grow from scratch is nice as there was only a handful of riders at first but over the weekend we had 15 or 16.

“It’s only in its second full season and everyone loves it when they fall off!”

Craft stalls offered a wide range of handmade items while live cookery demonstrations, including from TV chef Mark Lloyd, gave fair-goers some kitchen tips to take home.

Chainsaw sculptors created unique designs including a sea-horse out of wood and Elvis the falcon swooped into the arena at more than 70mph to wow the crowds.

Country sports such as rifle shooting, archery and fly-fishing gave adults and children the chance to try something new and more than 30 food stalls kept them fuelled.

Living Heritage, which organised the fair, are taking the country show to Netley Marsh Showground in Hampshire for the next bank holiday on May 4 and 5. The Thame fair was the fourth of 12 to take place throughout 2014.

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