The 21st birthday of the Midland Game Fair promises to be the biggest and best event to date. Taking place on the third weekend of September the Midland is planning to attract more than 60,000 people.
In celebration of the Midlands coming of age there will be many new events and activities as well as all the old favourites. With 14 live arenas, providing visitors with world-class entertainment throughout the weekend, including star performances from the Band of the Blues & Royals, it promises to be a birthday party to remember.
The competitions this year will be the best the Midland has ever seen. There is an all-new sporting layout for the Clay Pigeon event, which has attracted international entries including World and Olympic champion Richard Faulds. The new Gun Dog working test has also attracted European competitors, and the prize fund this year for the gun dog competitions is in excess of £5,000. Andrew Pilkington is making his debut at the show, organising the Terrier and Lurcher competitions for the first time.
The Salmon and Trout Association is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, which will be marked by a live display of 100 years of Game Angling; a spectacular event that promises to be both educational and entertaining. The Association will enter the arena in a horse-drawn carriage whilst dressed in period costume and leave the arena in a modern Range Rover, to show how fishing has progressed through the years.
As usual, the Midland will have the biggest and best Gun Makers Row in Europe, and still, it continues to grow. The Air Gun Expo is the premier event for airgun enthusiasts in Europe and will this year include the European Field Target championships.
Also new for 2003 is an Exclusive Members Enclosure. Membership to the area costs £40 and facilities include: dedicated entertainment, luxurious surroundings, excellent cuisine and video links to the rest of the show. In addition, each member will have the chance to win a new Mercedes Benz M Class 4x4 worth over £30,000.
There will also be a new 4x4 arena this year, sponsored by Mitsubishi. Visitors will have the opportunity to drive top of the range cars while testing their driving skills over a variety of terrains and obstacles.
The Midland Game Fair continues to include all the attractions and events that make it the number one family and country sport event in the country, year after year, including fly-casting with Hywel Morgan, a parade of heavy horses, and Ye Olde Red Tail Falconry. There are also many attractions and activities dedicated to younger visitors including a mini farm, family dog show and miniature railway.
It promises to be a great day out for all the family.
The Midland Game and Country Sports Fair is held on the third weekend of September (20th and 21st September) at Weston Park, Shropshire.