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Euston Rural Pastimes Event 2014

Euston Rural Pastimes Event 2014

8th June 2014

Celebrating 23 Years!

 

A traditional, English Country Fair for all the family.

 

Has now been held every June for 23 years. It began as a fundraising show for our local Blackbourne Churches and St Nicholas' Hospice Care with the kind permission of our President The Duke of Grafton, who allowed the event to be held in the magnificent setting of Euston Park.

 

Together with John Farrow (the farm manager at that time) and Tim Fogden we set up a volunteer committee, which has continued to run this successful one day Show. We have raised over £450,000 for our causes over the years.

 

The programme has been broadly similar each year, but with increasing entries the demand for space has required more parking and display areas. A new entrance between the stationary engines and stalls, leads past the traction engines to the new Grafton Ring specifically for tractors.

 

The main Norfolk Ring has a constant programme of events, displays, demonstrations and parades. It is surrounded by band music, a busy tea tent and further stalls. Leading past the Craft Tent, the Suffolk Ring is home to a large display of Heavy Horses. Nearby is the start of the hugely popular Farm Rides. It has also been associated with a magnificent display of flowers in Euston Church.

 

There are several catering outlets, but the most popular are the excellent lunches served in the Hall kitchen.

 

Keeping very much to the same format we hope to continue to attract the numbers, which filled the car park completely last year.

 

What to see:

Rural Crafts

Countryside Area

Steam Engines (Traction Engines, Road Roller, Commercial and Public Service Vehicles)

Tractors

Lorries

Heavy Horses

Classic and Vintage Cars

Motorcycles

Stationary Engines

Three Show Rings (Norfolk, Suffolk & Grafton) featuring many display throughout the day.

This year featuring The Knights of the Damned jousting display team.

Performing in a fantastic, coloured costumed display of Medieval Jousting at its very best. Consisting of heroic mounted knights and their squires and enhanced by our own commentator the tournament begins with fanfares and introductions and ends with the dramatic thundering of hooves as the knights attempt to unhorse each other in the 'JOUST'. Watch as the knights hone their skills by striking the man-shaped target, the quintain, and attempt to spear peasants heads off the ground at speed. The show also boasts superbly choreographed foot fights with unmerciless swords, flaming fireballs on chains and unyielding quarterstaffs as well as the knights romantically accepting favours from the ladies and fighting for their honour.

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