Countryside festival proves to be a big hit

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AROUND 15,000 people flocked to Glamis Castle last weekend to attend the Countryside Festival.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the two-day festival always provides much to keep the crowds entertained whether animals on show or trade stands.

Chef Nick Nairn carried out two cooking demonstrations on each of the days much to the delight of the audience.

Local chefs Graeme Pallister from Perth restaurant 63 Tay Street and Tom Mitchell from Fife firm Puddledub Pork also provided demonstrations.

In the main ring, The Devil’s Horsemen, provided a great deal of thrills.

Also in attendance were The Drakes of Hazard dog and duck show and Ye Olde Redtail Falconry display.

Visitors to the show also had the chance to try clay shooting, axe throwing and paintball.

Organiser Catriona Jamieson said: “We are pleased with how well the festival has gone, particularly with so many shows being cancelled by the weather lately because of the weather.

“Nick Nairn is also popular - we got to the stage where we couldn’t get anyone else in the demonstration tent when he was in and he has been so fantastic with the crowd.

“We were delighted to have The Devil’s Horsemen back in the ring as they are very popular with children.

“The Drakes of Hazard show, with a dog rounding up ducks, was absolutely hilarious and Ye Olde Redtail Falconry were also a big draw.”

She added: “The earlier date has stopped us clashing with other events and also means we are firmly in the middle of school holidays.

“It’s been great to see so many families, many of whom brought their dogs, enjoying the festival.”

Other events included racing from the Scottish Terrier Racing Team and the chance to see inside a beehive thanks to the East of Scotland Beekeepers.

At the event the Scottish Ferret Club held its summer show with about 40 ferrets competing.