Harvest Fair is best ever

Emily Dodd wither her winning scarecrow
Emily Dodd wither her winning scarecrow

PULBOROUGH Harvest Fair was declared the ‘best ever’ by organisers.

Held on Saturday, the fifth annual festival of traditional West Sussex village life drew in ‘record-breaking crowds’.

Visitors came from as far away as London and Eastbourne to enjoy the activities on offer.

Local producers showcased a large range of Sussex foods and drink alongside modern and vintage tractors, traditional country skills and crafts, and rare breed cattle.

Rob Aylott, Harvest Fair chairman, said: “This has been our most successful year. It’s the largest event we’ve put on, the turnout was overwhelming.

“We also had a tremendous amount of support from local sponsors this year including Fowlers Estate Agents, Taylor Wimpey, Comyn & James Estate Agents and MMH Recycling; we could not have put it in on without their help.”

Mum-of-two Julie Aichroth, who has lived in Pulborough her entire life, said: “It was an amazing day and made us feel like we live in a village again.

“The Harvest Fair is the one event that draws everyone together, we didn’t want to go home.”

Visitor Linda Bowers, from Burgess Hill said: “We come every year, it’s a genuinely lovely atmosphere and it feels like a true village.”

On the day there was the giant scarecrow parade, gun dog displays, historic weapons, high-octane motorcycle trails, a vintage fun fair and hand bell ringing from the team at St Mary’s Church, London Road.

The fair was organised by Pulborough Community Partnership, with support from the local churches and Scouts.