An impressive and diverse range of businesses are set to showcase what they have to offer at the annual fair, on August 17 and 18, which is expected to be the 90,000 acre Estate’s biggest and best yet.
A range of retailers and entertainment is lined up for the 2013 event, with a particularly impressive Sporting Village which sees the largest group of exhibitors to date, as the Galloway Country Fair firmly establishes itself as a major event on the sporting calendar.
Event Manager, Jo Jones, said: “Since the Galloway Country Fair was purchased by Buccleuch Estates three years ago it has become our flagship event.
“We are absolutely delighted to have attracted such a strong mix of quality traders and exhibitors from all over the country which proves Galloway Country Fair is growing into a major event on the show calendar in this region and nationally.
“The team at Drumlanrig are working tirelessly to ensure the weekend will provide an excellent day out, not just for the sporting community, but for all the family. There really is something for everyone.”
The Sporting Village will feature five prestigious gunmakers from across Scotland and the north of England, showcasing a range of new and second hand shotguns, rifles and air rifles, with brands including Beretta, Browning, AYA, CZ, Tikka and more.
Visitors looking for sporting attire will be able to browse a range of accessories, clothing and footwear available from Seeland, Harkila, Schoffel, Barbour, Aigle, Le Chameu and others.
Meanwhile a vast range of sporting optics will be on display and available to buy, from binoculars and range-finders to telescopes and night-vision equipment, courtesy of well known brands including Swarovski, Zeiss, Leupold, and Hawke.
Expected to be particularly popular is the Clay Shooting Competition, with prize money of £1,000 up for grabs for the winner – the event will be run by Elite Clays and sponsored by sporting agents Roxtons.
There’s also the chance to try your hand at 2D and 3D archery, coaching lines provided by BASC and – in a new addition for 2013 – an air rifle range provided by SACS.
If, however, angling is more your sport of choice, there will be fly fishing competitions, casting demos, and tanks of live fish on display.
Jo Jones added: “On top of all of these fantastic exhibitors there will be a great line-up of family entertainment jam-packed into two arenas, with equestrian displays, a motorbike stunt rider, the Buccleuch Hounds, falconry, agility displays, pipe bands, highland games and much more.
“Our traditional craft marquee and food hall incorporating the Buccleuch Kitchen – a custom built demonstration kitchen – is expected to be a big hit, with cooking demonstrations from TV chef Mike Robinson, stalking expert Alan Ellis, and Cook School Scotland.”
Any individuals or businesses still keen to get involved can visit www.drumlanrig.com/galloway-country-fair where they can find out more and download an application pack which should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the public who want to check out all the Fair has to offer, still have the chance to get their hands on advance tickets from www.drumlanrig.com with 25% off the advertised prices until August 1.
Tickets will also be on sale on the day.