A ride-based on a Nasa training programme will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Belper Fair, with organisers predicting it will be the “biggest and best ever”.
And The Belper News is again giving away free ride passes to three lucky winners as part of our annual competition.
The fair returns to Belper from Thursday November 1 to Saturday, November 3 and features two major new rides.
The Stealth Bomber spins riders around at 60mph, generating high G forces, while The Extreme throws riders high into the air.
Another major attraction returning this year will be the ‘Stargate’ along with the ever popular Dodgems, fair organiser John Proctor’s Waltzer plus the Cyclone, Roll Over Miami and Matterhorn.
To help more people take full advantage of the fun, our competition (details are on the right) will be running until the start of next week and entrants need to answer one simple question to be in with a chance of winning.
The fair will be opened by town mayor, Councillor Mark Robertson, at 6pm on November 1.
Organiser Neil Calladine said: “The opening of the fair is always a special occasion and will be even more so this year.
“In the 1970’s Albert Proctor, father of John Proctor who presents the fair today, wrote a book about his early life on the fairground through and after the two World Wars. After his death the book remained in a cupboard at the family home until now. It has now been completed and will be launched at the opening of this year’s fair.”
Other attractions include the Ghost Train, presented by Belper man Spencer Hall, aHelter Skelter, hook-a-duck, rifle range, Pedro the Clown, large firework display and selection of traditional foods.
Mr Calladine added: “As always over 2,000 free ride tickets will be distributed to local primary school children for the first hour of the opening night and a large firework will leave no-one in doubt the fair is in town!”
The popular display of fairground models is again being held in the Cross Keys, adjacent to the fair on November 3 and is also set to be the biggest ever.
Admission is free and it is a display for all the family, with working models of fairground rides, a display of fairground art and sales of fairground related books and DVD’s.