Game fair to become annual event

Sue Vernal, Julian Vernal, 11, Marcus Vernal, seven and Laura Vernal, nine from Leyland at the Lancashire Country and Game festival at Scorton
Sue Vernal, Julian Vernal, 11, Marcus Vernal, seven and Laura Vernal, nine from Leyland at the Lancashire Country and Game festival at Scorton
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The first Lancashire Country and Game Festival was such a success that it will now become an annual event, say organisers.

The two-day event over the weekend was held at Woodacre Lodge Farm, Gubberford Lane, Scorton, and there was a host of activities for all who attended to enjoy.

Karl Metcalfe from Morecambe at the Lancashire Country and Game festival at Scorton

Karl Metcalfe from Morecambe at the Lancashire Country and Game festival at Scorton

Craig Whittingham, who co-organised the event with his dad, said it had gone “brilliantly” and estimated over 5,000 people came along.

He said: “This was the first one we’ve ever done and it went really well actually. Saturday was the quieter of the two days mainly down to the weather but even then it was still busy. The band on Saturday night, The Woodsmen, were also really well received and it was a great night in the beer tent.”

The event boasted various displays and stalls including hounds, a gun dog scurry and competition, a terrier show and racing, clay pigeon shooting, falconry displays, a live cookery show, a pop up gastro pub and a craft marquee.

And Craig says it went that well that he will make the show an annual event.

There will definitely be an event next year and we want to make it an annual thing too

Craig Whittingham, co-organiser

“There will definitely be an event next year and we want to make it an annual thing too,” Craig said. “It was a great success and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves so I’m looking forward to putting it on again.”