One of England’s oldest village fairs is set to return this autumn - and this time visitors can even expect to see some sheep.
Corby Glen Sheep Fair will take place for the 777th time on Monday, October 4.
Chairman of the fair committee Keith Raby said:, “After the disappointment of Melton Market’s failure in last year’s event, we are pleased to announce that our sheep are back and this historic tradition continues.”
Last year the usual sheep auction provided by Melton Market did not take place. But this year the fair committee stepped into action and quickly reached an agreement with Newar Livestock Market to trade sheep at October’s event.
During its peak season, Newark’s Livestock Market has overseen sales of more than 3,000 sheep a week.
James Sealy, of the Newark committee, said: “Newark Livestock Market is really pleased to have been asked to be a part of one of the oldest events of its kind in England and looks forward to trading sheep in Corby Glen in October.”
Visitors to this year’s event, which runs from 10 am to 4pm, can expect, crafts, music, product and entertainment for the young and old.
There will also be a beer festival at the Fighting Cocks pub throughout the weekend, which last year completely sold out of beer.
Despite the lack of sheep about 5,000 visited Corby Glen for the 2014 fair. Entertainment was provided on centre stage by many talented musicians and dancers .
Attractions included clay pigeon shooing, a classic car and motor bike show, crafts, reattachments stalls, plus much more. Animal lovers were also able to enter their dogs in the dog show, see birds of prey and meet police dogs.
A new entertainments committee was formed for 2014, which brought in plenty of new activities such as, floating zorbing balls, a giant climbing wall and quad bike-pulled barrel rides.
Neil Manning, who helped organise last year’s event, was delighted with how it went.
The much anticipated return of the sheep means committee members are expecting an even bigger turnout this year. There will even be a celebratory ale on sale to mark the occasion.
Visit www.sheepfair.co.uk for the full programme.