Town crier Bob Smytherman had plenty to shout about as Pulborough’s biggest Harvest Fair pulled its biggest attendance.
Bob bellowed out the acts in the main arena as well as announcing the arrival of Pat Arculus, chairman of West Sussex County Council and member for Pulborough, who opened the fair. She came straight from the official opening of Domino’s Pizza’s new store, just down the road on Lower Street.
A dog called Elvis won the overall prize in the dog show run by Arun Vets.
Malcolm Gray, chairman of the Harvest Fair committee said: “The Pulborough Community Partnership created the traditional village fair as a way to bring together the local community. We’ve been going for nearly a decade and the fair goes from strength to strength getting bigger and better every single year, with people coming to visit us from further afield. We had record attendance and the feedback has been incredible. “
Cllr Arculus chose joint scarecrow winners. They were “Gardening Dog” by Sean Taylor Bowers and a scarecrow homage to local legend and jockey Leighton Aspell, double winner of the Grand National, created by the Cargill and Lewes families.
Entertainment for the day included Billingshurst Dog Agility, local singer Konnar, Huxley’s Birds of Prey and Award winning childrens’ entertainer Tom Foolery. On the field there was the Harris traditional Fun Fair, West Chiltington Silver Band, organ playing, bell ringing, apple bobbing with the Sea Scouts, puzzles, badge making, dough making, colouring and Welly Wanging with Sarah Morris and Tim Newton claiming this year’s golden boots.
St Mary’s Church hosted a colourful flower festival with displays from the arrangers and the gardening society.
The fair was organised on behalf of the Pulborough Community Partnership and all monies raised go towards community charities and organisations as well as next year’s fair.