About The Cornwall & Devon Countryman's Fair
It all started when...
Mr Michael Galsworthy wanted to raise money for the Cornwall County Playing Fields Association. Mr Robert Williams, of Werrington Park, was a committee member of CCPFA and readily agreed to host the even..The first Countryman’s Fair took place in 1982, and was run by a group of volunteers chaired by Michael Galsworthy. Cornwall Young Farmers provided Main Ring entertainment with It’s A Knockout and there were several trade stands.
The second event was held in 1985 with the same format, but with a considerable increase in the number of trade stands, and thereafter every alternate year on the first Sunday in August, apart from one which was cancelled as a result of Foot and Mouth Disease.
In the late 1980s the first sponsorship was obtained which gave the organisers confidence to book national artists for Main Ring entertainment and more income was generated from catering and trade stands. At the same time Mr Galsworthy gave up the chairmanship and was succeeded by the present owner of Werrington Park, Michael Williams.
The growing success and reputation of the Fair allowed the organisers to donate all proceeds to a much wider range of charities over the years and at the time of writing something in the order of £300,000.00 has been given to local charities and other deserving causes. In 2016 over 8500 visitors came from all over the south west to the Countryman’s Fair and there were over 150 Trade Stands and country sports attractions. There is no doubt that the stunning location in a wooded valley between the River Ottery and a large lake, a natural amphitheatre, also plays a part in the event’s popularity.
The current group of organisers, under the Chairmanship of Charles Huntington –Whiteley, are working hard to ensure the continued success of this important charitable event and look forward to welcoming you at the next Fair in 2020