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It's Game On as this year's Scottish Game Fair kicks off at Scone Palace - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

It's Game On as this year's Scottish Game Fair kicks off at Scone Palace

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair will welcome thousands of visitors to Scone Parklands this weekend with a plethora of events and spectacles for the whole family to enjoy.

Now in its 31st year, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, in association with NFU Mutual, will see thousands of people, young and old, descend on Scone for one of the most diverse and atmospheric celebrations of the countryside and conservation in the world.

As the largest fundraiser for conservation charity the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland, the Fair has also attracted interest from senior political figures Brandon Lewis MP, Sir Jim Paice, Pete Wishart MP and Luke Graham MP, all of whom will be in attendance on opening day.

As well as providing vital funds for conservation science, there is plenty to inspire youngsters out into the countryside. The Junior Macnab competition returns for its second year which has been developed to encourage youngsters to take up shooting and fishing. Meanwhile, youngsters can also learn how to survive in the wilderness, from setting up camp and basic fire lighting skills, during daily Bushcraft and Wilderness workshops which are completely free and open to all ages.

The event is a must in the country sports calendar, with competitions spanning a range of disciplines, including the hotly anticipated Four Nations Gundog Competition on Saturday, Fred Taylor Memorial Trohpy for working hill ponies on Sunday, daily clay shooting and fishing competitions and demonstrations from some of the greats in the fishing world, including Glenda Powell and Scott Mackenzie.

They will be joined by a packed programme of Main Ring entertainment such as pipe bands, foxhounds, gundogs, birds of prey, stunt show and terrier racing to name a few. The Fair also welcomes back world-renowned French hunting band, Les Trompes de la Cottenciniere to the Main Ring for the first time since 2015.

Elsewhere at the Fair, food sustainability takes centre stage at the Food Hall and Food Theatre. From foraging, seasonality and reducing food miles, visitors will learn how Scotland's top chefs Richard Dalgleish from Gleneagles and Tom Lewis from Monachyle Mhor, and other brands are going above and beyond to ensure sustainability is always on the menu.

Hugo Straker, Chairman of the Scottish Game Fair said: "It is our pleasure to be welcoming so many people to the 31st Scottish Game Fair, which is proving to be one of our most eventful years.

"We are delighted to offer such a varied programme for our visitors, there really is something for everyone at the Scottish Game Fair. I'm proud that this event improves its offering year on year, creating something that tens of thousands of visitors can enjoy."

Proceeds from the Scottish Game Fair go to fund the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland's charitable work in Scotland to raise vital funds for wildlife conservation science.

Tickets are on sale via the website www.scottishfair.com

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