This year’s Pulborough Harvest fair celebrated a record attendance of both visitors and traders, making this unique event an outstanding success, set on the Glebe Fields.
Following a peal of bells from St Marys Church, Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs officially declared the fair open. Commenting on the event, Nick praised the venue, saying: “This must be the best location for a fair in Sussex.”
The local primary school made more than 50 screcrows which lines the paths through the fair. Joey Willett (six) made the winning entry, which represented the Queen arriving by parachute at the Olympic games. Thefair had sporting events including wellie throwing terrier racing and tug-of-war. Following a countryside harvest theme, visitors were treated to displays of farm animals including Olivia, a Gloucester Old Spot pig with her piglets. Vintage farm machinery stool alongside its modern counterparts while visitors were also entertained by arena displays including gun dog displays by Canine Capers, bird of prey displays by West Sussex Falconry demonstrated the grace, speed and aggression of these magnificent birds as they swooped across the crowds.
St Marys Church hosted teddy bears ballooning from the top of the church tower, traditional afternoon teas, a historic picture show of the area was presented by local Philip Stenning . There were also tours of the tower with its fantastic views and Pulborough Garden Society produced an amazing display representing the gardening months of the year.A wide selection of local produce was available to purchase including wild mushrooms and truffles, locally milled flours, artisan breads and handmade chocolates.
Rob Aylott, the organiser from Pulborough Community Partnership said “This must be the best event Pulborough has ever seen, totally down to a dedicated team of volunteers form the village. We are proud that this not for profit event made a small surplus which will be donated to youth activities in the village. We are already planning the 2013 fair which we expect will take place on Saturday 21 September.”