Hurst Show & Country Fayre’s 40th birthday event on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June promises a huge weekend of celebratory family fun.
All eyes will be on Kaspar the singing dog to see if he joins in with Reading Scottish Pipe Band youth section’s performances in the show arena on Sunday. Kaspar sings along to bagpipe practice by band member Poppy, 12, at their Hurst home (see right).
A new, free Discovery Trail round the showground to find fun facts has prizes for all.
Show chair Sue Payne said: “The show raises thousands of pounds for local good causes. Our thousands of visitors have kindly told us they like the non-commercial atmosphere we aim for.”
The show will be opened by Arthur Honey, 71, who, with his traction engine, has been a show favourite for 25 years. Others who are part of the show history will help cut the opening ribbon
Children at St Nicholas Primary School, Hurst have written the words for a celebration song which they’ll sing. Music is by St Nicholas Church organist, Tom Lowe, pictured here with winner Olivia (left), nine, runners up Sophie, nine, Amelie, ten and Yvie, ten, and other pupils. Show chair Sue Payne said: "We're grateful to Tom, a very talented musician, for all his help."
•Other attractions include a fun dog show, classic vehicles, an art show and Hurst Village Society’s archery.
•On Sunday visitors can have items valued at an Antiques Valuation. The stall to guess the make of a crushed car is returning.
•There’s much have a go fun, including a dog agility course, giant tugs of war, pony rides, hobby horse jumping (mounts provided), bouncy castle, animals to meet, morris dancing, owls to hold, face painting and terrier and dog racing. Many attractions are free.
•Exciting arena events include birds of prey and search and rescue. There will be country craft skills and tractor displays as well as food, craft, gift and plant stalls. Visitors can refresh at the beer, BBQ and tea tents.
The show is at School Road, Hurst and open 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry: adults £4.50, teens and senior £3, under 12s are free. Free car park. Details: www.HurstShow.uk