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20,000 expected at Galloway Country Fair

The annual Galloway Country Fair gets underway this weekend, with around 20,000 visitors expected.

Drumlanrig Castle forms the backdrop to the event, which aims to give people a taste of the countryside.

Trade stands going up ahead of the weekend Credit: ITV Border

"I was talking to somebody last year who had come along for the first time, knows nothing about the countryside and couldn't believe there was so much to do on the one day and indeed they came not the Sunday as well.

"We've got fairground rides, we've got two show-rings, so there's lots of activities to see in their, stunt riders, sheep show, we've got highland games, we've got the Caledonia pipe band coming along. Also craft tents and a food fair and the traders are really keen to engage and tell people a little bit more about what's going on."

– Mark Coombs, Estate Manager, Queensberry Estate

Around 200 traders will be showcasing their products over the weekend, and there is a big emphasis on local producers.

Mark Coombe, Queensberry Estate Manager Credit: ITV Border

"If you go into the food fair a lot of them are local traders and yes that's really important for us in the craft tents and then indeed we've got guys selling wood stoves etc and they are local businesses. This is what's really important it gives them a chance to showcase what they do and they can meet their potential customers."

– Mark Coombs, Estate Manager, Queensberry Estate
Drumlanrig Castle grounds ready for the show Credit: ITV Border

Emma Harvey has been attending the show for three years and makes the long trip up from Shropshire, but says the scenery makes the drive worth while.

"This is an excellent venue here at Drumlanrig Castle for a country fair. It's a great day out for both family and people keen on shooting, hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. It's a fantastic setting for a country fair it's absolutely beautiful."

– Emma Harvey, Trader

The fair begins at 9am on Saturday 16 August. For more information, click here.