Gardening fun and much more in store at festival

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FOR garden produce and products, family fun and first-class entertainment, come to the first Market Rasen Country Festival and Gardeners Fair 2011.

Held at Market Rasen Racecourse on May 21, this exciting event will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm with so much to see and do.

You can find out lots about what goes on in this beautiful part of the Lincolnshire Wolds and enjoy great Tastes of Lincolnshire foods.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Children can enjoy facepainting, decorating takeaway cup cakes, painting the largest graffiti poster in the world, taking part in the funnyface gurning competition, or enjoy the fun of vintage rides and bouncy castles.

Adrian Lee, a local entertainer, will be stiltwalking and making visitors giggle with all his circus tricks.

He will also hold circus skills training workshops so you can have a go at juggling, balance wheels, uni-cycling and plate spinning.

New to Market Rasen are the Appalachian Bootleggers and Harrity, providing plenty of country music. Shannon and Yasmina Latkowski will be singing like divas and Rasenite Peter Hickin will be performing his magical mix of accordion music.

Two belly dance troupes will showcase authentic Middle Eastern dance and gorgeous eye catching outfits while the Julia Tyson School of Dance will be putting on a special show of cheerleading.

Youngsters can enjoy all the fun of the fair with a traditional carousel, pirate boat and swingboats, as well as a bungee run and a rodeo bull ride.

Fancy your chances? Try the LaserShot game, or go up against the Record Breakers from the Friday Night Project.

The Round Table will be holding village fete games such as Splat the Rat and the traditional Lincolnshire Cheese Skittles.

In the stables area there will be Phoenix Miniature Ponies, who will daintily clip clop around the festival, and the birds of prey with their lovely owls. The Greyhounds Trust will also be on hand to show how these docile pets are easily manageable.

And while you’re at the festival why not learn a new skill?

Displays on jewellery making and crafting will be on offer and the camera club will be supporting Rasen Hub by taking photos throughout the day – and they will have a display of their work.

Simon Bogg of Xtreme Chainsaw and James Kendall of Lincolnshire Tree Services will also be wowing visitors with their chainsaw sculpture skills, and the town’s scout group will be setting up camp to demonstrate their skills.

FOOD AND DRINK

Peckish? You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from healthy organic grub to burger and chips on offer.

Take a leisurely sit down at the Brocklesby suite or outside on the lawn and enjoy the cakes and sandwiches offered by Pink Pig tearooms, who will also have children’s food boxes.

A mobile bar and a microbrewery will refresh you, and you can choose from two ice cream sellers, the Farmers Wife, the Market Rasen Country Market ladies, and some Tastes of Lincolnshire specialities.

OPENING CEREMONY

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth and his wife will launch the first Market Rasen Festival and Gardeners Fair.

Arriving in style at the head of the parade in a beautiful vintage landau, he will officially open the event at about 10.30am.

The parade will start in Market Rasen Market Place at 10am.

A wonderful medley of vintage cars from the Louth Car Club and some individual owners will be mixing with the splendid sight of big, beautiful Goldwings and Harleys. The Middle Rasen Tractor Run will follow on.

Riders and drivers will be talking about their vehicles and clubs at the Racecourse, where they will all be on display, promoting their charities and transporting us back to the past and into the future.

The MC for the day is Rasen Mail editor Paul Fisher, who will then take over and announce the event entertainment.

RACECOURSE TOURS

Market Rasen Racecourse will be offering a few visitors the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes to see how racing works.

You can visit the jockey weighing-in room and the tours start at the winner’s enclosure – look out for the A board with times of tours.