Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has been named president of this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair.
The sheffield athlete will open the three-day annual event next month, which she will be attending with her family, meeting and greeting stallholders and visitors.
Jessica said: “I have always loved visiting Chatsworth – it is such a beautiful venue with the most amazing grounds. It is not far from home and when I get a day off I often visit for a walk and relax. Now I have a little boy I enjoy visiting the adventure play area with him and we always pop into the farm shop on the way home for a few bits of local produce.
“I am really delighted to be president of the Chatsworth Country Fair, I have yet to visit the event, but this year with my husband and son Reggie I hope to take in all of the stalls and meet lots of exhibitors and visitors too.”
Jessica will join an illustrious list of fair presidents from BBC gardening favourite Alan Titchmarsh, England cricketer Michael Vaughan and IAAF President Sebastian Coe to Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and the Olympic rower and former Red Sock Matthew Pinsent CBE.
A spokesman for the event said: “The Grand Ring is offering an action-packed schedule for the fair, which kicks off on Friday September 2. There will be show-stopping entertainment coming from The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, the hugely popular Household Cavalry Musical Ride, and a parachute display from Jump4Heroes.
“The crowds will also be treated to an awe-inspiring aerobatic display by the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force team famous for their trademark combinations of close formation flying, dynamic loops and rolls appearing on Friday and Sunday.
“Over in the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre, a star-studded line-up of top TV food celebrities and the best professional chefs from around the region will be sharing their top culinary tips, led by Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood on Friday; queen of baking and show favourite Mary Berry on Saturday and broadcaster Valentine Warner on Sunday.”
Tickets for Chatsworth Country Fair are £25 for adults per day and free for children under 14 years old.
visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk for details and tickets.