Fiona Eastman, director of marketing and show development, told Shooting Times magazine that 148,500 people visited the event over the three days, the second highest figure in the event?s history.

She said: ?The figure reflects very highly on the continuing success of The CLA Game Fair. It?s not only fieldsports enthusiasts who are visitors ? it?s a wider audience who enjoy a day of learning more about the countryside.?

?The show was a great success at all levels, not only for us as show organisers but also for all the exhibitors who all reported a high success rate. The event gives the very best platform for rural businesses.?

The shooting magazine stands stand were busy with visitors throughout the weekend, with readers chatting to contributors including Tony Jackson, John Humphreys and Keith Reynolds.

Editor Alastair Balmain came back from the fair exhausted, but delighted. He said: ?The aisles were heaving all three days. Personally, I?m confident I met more people over the course of the show than I have done at any previous CLA Game Fair I?ve attended in the past 10 years.?

?I wasn?t alone in that ? I spoke to several retailers on Gunmaker?s Row who felt that this year?s event defied expectations, particularly given the state of the economy.?

?My voice may be hoarse now, but I have to say, the show was a cracker. The long-standing Game Fair director David Hough can be confident that he?s retiring on a real high.?

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