Country fair will celebrate town’s rural heritage

Steyning Country Fair starts with a Maypole dance display by the Woodcraft Folk
Steyning Country Fair starts with a Maypole dance display by the Woodcraft Folk
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STEYNING Country Fair, a day dedicated to the town’s rural heritage, returns on spring bank holiday.

The popular and long-running community fair is a biannual event, which alternates with the two-week Steyning Festival.

The streets will be lined with stalls and entertainment from 11am to 3pm on Monday, May 25.

Sara Bowers, one of the organisers, said: “This is a day dedicated to Steyning’s rural heritage, with crafts and artisan food stalls up and down the High Street, lots of foot-tapping music and street entertainment going on throughout.

“There will be a dog show on St Cuthman’s Field and, most important of all, a feature which gives this long-running fair its special attraction, the brilliant display of farm animals of all kinds in the town centre car park.”

The fair is organised by a sub-committee of the Steyning Business Chamber to showcase the town and its individual small businesses. Originally held every year, it now takes place on alternate years, so next year will be the Steyning Festival.

A special attraction is the brilliant display of farm animals of all kinds in the town centre car park

A special attraction is the brilliant display of farm animals of all kinds in the town centre car park

Mrs Bowers added: “The fair is, as many people know, a very special event which many former Steyning residents and visitors make a point of coming back for.”

Brillo the Clown, one of the fair’s original entertainers, returns with his popular and hilarious performance.

Entertainment will also include a brand-new puppet show by Hand to Mouth Theatre, called Flights of Fancy.

Barn dance band Hot Jiggery will be encouraging people to have a dance in High Street, along with talented young Steyning band Route 42, Shoreham band Shady Grove, Ariel Theatre’s a capella singers, the Stanislauska Polka Band, Steve Davies’ Jazz Band, Roundhill Morris, young dancers from Steyning Woodcraft Folk and the melodic Mouse River Band.

At all starts with a Maypole dance display at 11am in High Street.

Volunteers are needed for marshalling, collections and selling raffle tickets. Contact committee chairman Andrew Lake on 07593 659323.