ALL the fun of the fair returns to Belper next week with yet another superb line up of attractions.
The family-friendly event starts at 6pm on Thursday, October 27, and runs until Saturday, October 29.
It will take place on the Market Place and on the Coppice car park, where fairground historian Neil Calladine says it has been held since 1266.
Belper Mayor Cllr Alan Cox will officially open the fair.
Mr Calladine said: “The opening of the fair is always a special occasion, with some 2,000 free ride tickets distributed to local school children.
“Attractions on opening night will include the fairground organ being presented by local enthusiast John Pattinson, who, incidentally, also presented the town with the bell which is rung to open the fair. “There will also be a large firework which will leave no-one in doubt that the fair is in town! And Pedro the clown will entertain the children so be sure to come early to join in the fun!”
Among the rides at this year’s fair are Take-Off and Stargate, which both proved a huge success last time around.
There will also be the ever-popular dodgems and waltzer, as well as Cyclone, Roll Over Miami, and Matterhorn.
And, with Hallowe’en just a few days later, the spooky ghost train will get people in a frightening mood.
For younger riders, the Pony Express will be trotting into town.
The usual selection of traditional food will be available, including hot dogs, mushy peas and brandy snaps.
On the Saturday there will be an exhibition of fairground models in the Cross Keys pub, which is just off Market Place. Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open from 11am to 4pm.
Among the items on show will be working models of fairground rides and a display of fairground art. Also, award-winning modeller Michael Molden will have his Meccano lorry and trailer on show as part of the exhibition. Tea and coffee will be available.
The Belper News is giving three lucky readers the chance to win free ride tickets to this year’s fair.
Simply fill your details into the coupon below and send them to us at the addresses on the coupon. Make sure to write down a contact phone number.
The closing date is 12 midday on Monday, October 24.
First prize is unlimited free rides. Second prize is 20 free rides, while third prize is ten free rides.