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Llamas and lambs to drum up crowd at Eastbrookend Country Fair

PUBLISHED: 13:13 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:18 04 June 2015

Lamb National sheep racing, Eastbrookend Country Fair

Lamb National sheep racing, Eastbrookend Country Fair

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Llamas ducking limbo bars and sheep tearing down a steeplechase are some of the more unusual sights to be witnessed at this year’s Eastbrookend country fair.

Lyla Farrell braves a big snake, from Snakes Alive, at the Eastbrookend Country Fair.Lyla Farrell braves a big snake, from Snakes Alive, at the Eastbrookend Country Fair.

Brought to you by the park’s rangers, Sunday’s free family day out will have crowds flocking to the Lamb National, where about five sheep ridden by puppet jockeys will compete fiercely for the end goal – a bucket of food. Alongside a running commentary, the Cumbrian animals will overcome a number of obstacles to streak past their competitors.

“It’s just different to traditional country shows,” Lamb National and llama co-ordinator Margot Wilding explained. “We’re always looking for something a bit different, something a bit quirky.”

People can also don a poncho and lead llamas round an obstacle course, jumping hurdles, zig-zagging through weaving poles and negotiating hanging vines.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Punch and Judy man Geoff Felix brings his side-splitting show to the fair to entertain all ages.

“I particularly like coming to Barking and Dagenham because I think they understand Punch and Judy,” Geoff said.

“The show evolved on the street corner so it should be pretty strong. It’s cathartic too – people aren’t able to box a policeman or traffic warden on the nose but can have a laugh watching puppets do so.”

Falconry enthusiasts are also in for a treat, with two flying displays of hawks, owls and falcons, as well as an interactive falconry experience suitable for parents and children.

Want to fit in more? Reptile handling, pony rides, farm animals, dog shows, wood carving and much more are also on offer at the show, which runs from 11am to 4pm.


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