COME rain or shine - the show must go on!
That’s the message from organisers of this weekend’s Chatsworth Country Fair, where the team behind the agricultural celebration are keeping fingers crossed that the sun smiles down on the grounds of the stately home as the fair gets under way today.
Preparations are underway to welcome around 80,000 visitors throughout today, tomorrow and Sunday. The showground - the size of a small town - is being closely inspected each day to ensure it is fit to play host to 400 trade stands, more than 100 horses, 40 hot air balloons and 125 vintage cars.
Christopher Lloyd-Owen, organiser, said: “I’m not the least bit worried. We’ve had it much worse. The ground is a bit soggy but I think we’ll see the worst of it in the middle of the week and after that the ground is just going to improve.
“The fair is absolutely vital for our caterers and traders. They’ve had such a grim summer with so many events called off. The fact is this one is going ahead and I am really pleased because it’s important for the local economy.”
There will be a distinct patriotic feel to this year’s event, which aims to celebrate the best of British. Along with clay pigeon shooting and cross bows, Chatsworth will welcome celebrity chef James Martin and the Red Arrows taking to the skies tomorrow and Sunday.
Mr Lloyd-Owen added: “I would suggest sensible shoes will be better than flip-flops, but it’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow and Sunday. I’d say to everyone to come along and enjoy it - you might even need to pack the sun cream!”
Chatsworth Country Fair is open from 9am until around 6.30pm each day. The gate price is £20 and entry is free for children under 14.