THE Westcountry Game Fair, the first of the great regional game fairs in the calendar, is set to visit the Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet on March 15 and 16 and the Gazette is offering a competition to win free family tickets for this
THE Westcountry Game Fair, the first of the great regional game fairs in the calendar, is set to visit the Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet on March 15 and 16 - and the Gazette is offering a competition to win free family tickets for this popular event.Now in its 12th year, the event is billed as the ultimate countryside experience and regularly attracts thousands of visitors who are passionate about the rural way of life. It is one of the first opportunities in the year for like-minded people to come together to celebrate this special and diverse way of life.Shooting activities are a popular aspect of the event and there is a wide variety of shooting events and advice available at this year's show.These include a clay shoot by Purbeck Shooting, a new "Make a Break" shooting game from America, shotgun coaches from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, National Target Sports Association air rifle and pistol ranges and advice and tuition on air rifles by internationally renowned Kevin Jackman.Dogs are an important element of living and working in the country and they are also well represented. The ever-popular gundog parade in the indoor arena will feature a wide variety of gundog breeds and the BASC will host a variety of gundog scurries and offer gundog advice and equipment.There will also be gundog training displays, a terrier and lurcher show, a dog crche and gundog eye testing.Other attractions include terrier racing, fly casting demonstrations and coaching, game cookery, archery, wildfowling demonstrations, falconry and a hunt parade - plus a range of "have a go" activities and the usual shopping halls full of countryside clothing, equipment, food and more.For more information call 01749 813899.COMPETITION Our competition offers five free family tickets (each for two adults and two children).Simply answer this question: "What is the name of the new shooting game from America which will be at this year's Game Fair?"Send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number, to Game Fair Competition, North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB, to arrive before the end of February. The first five correct entries out of the hat will each receive a family ticket.