It’s that time of year again! The one and only Henfield Summer Fair and Show is back, with some returning favourites as well as some new activities. It’s being held on Saturday 13 July on Henfield Common from 1-5pm and we can’t wait to see you all there! After the rainy 2017 Fair we think we’re due for some sunshine this year, although come rain or shine the Fair is always a fantastic day out.
The Henfield Community Partnership, along with various different volunteers and groups including Henfield Lions, Wild Violets, Ladybirds, Henfield and Woodmancote WI and Henfied Parish Council have all come together to jointly create a stellar day of entertainment for us, with activities ranging from the Great Henfield Bake-Off in the Show Tent, as well aas the returning Dog Show – fun for all the family!
As always our sponsors, all local, have been incredibly generous. Our sincere thanks go to Accountancy & Business Matters, Coles Automotive, Grommets Ltd, HJ Burt, Marcus Grimes and Rushfields Farm Shop for helping to make the Fair happen.
For the first time in four years the popular Sheep show will be making its return, with all the stars including Nobby, Dougal, Susie and Danny, each with their own entertaining personalities, thick fur and curly horns. Not to mention the brilliant team of New Zealand presenters, who fill the show with sheepy facts and jokes for all ages. The show explains why we farm sheep and how successful they have been through the years in an informative but entertaining manner. There will be nine different breeds on show, along with sheering demonstrations and dancing sheep (no you didn’t read that wrongly!).
This year also sees a shake-up in the Show Tent, with the competitions now comprising the Bake-Off (where avid foodies can show off their baking skills by entering sweet and savoury delights); the Grow-Off (where those with green fingers can show off their best flowers, produce and even their ‘wonkiest vegetable’!); and the Craft-Off (with categories including painting, photography, mosaic and even hat decoration). Children have their own classes with a Mini Craft-Off and a Mini Bake-Off and there is the popular Family Scarecrow category. Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to seasoned pros, it’s the taking part that counts so don’t be afraid to come and have a go!
For those of you who are still on the fence about entering the brand-new classes, there’s plenty of time to plan. It’s really easy, just turn up on the day with your entries, programmes will be distributed over the next two weeks with details and an entry form, which you can fill in on the day. The programme and entry form is also available online at www.henfieldbn5.co.uk. There are plenty of opportunities for skilled and creative people to show off their accomplishments – who knows you could be one of this year’s winners!
This year also sees the return of the much-loved Fun Dog Show, with classes for dogs of all shapes and sizes, from best puppy to best child handler. Many thanks to the judges from Hawthorn Veterinary Surgery who have the unenviable task of chosing the winners.
Alongside the old favourites like Shaylers Funfair and the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men, there are some new events and attractions; Henfield Football Club are organising human-sized inflatable table football (which involves people taking the place of the plastic footballers, battling it out with the opposing team to take the victory) which is sure to be a hit, and look-out for the roving Magician!
Food and drink are always a feature of the Summer Fair and we are delighted to welcome back the famous Henfield BP Guild Beer Tent & BBQ and the Tea & Cake Tent, as well as Ginger Rookes Street Food, Rushfields Pie Van, Southern Counties Ice Cream Van, Caphe Republic wraps and rolls and Copper Pan Fudge.
The Fair will also feature music from Stixx Drummers as well as the Patcham Silver Band, some great entertainment to suit everyone. There will also be plenty of interesting stalls from local clubs and groups, for example, Henfield Birdwatch, Worthing Bee Keepers, Henfield Joggers, The Henfield Shed, as well as craft stalls selling their wares, from beachcombing art to Ironwork and crochet to stained glass.
BN5 Magazine will be at the Summer Fair again this year, running a Big Fizz Raffle for Henfield Youth Club, so please come and visit us and help us raise some money for the great work of HYC, and you might be lucky with the fizz!
Download your Henfield Village Fair & Show Programme 2019 including entry schedule HERE