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200 years of the RNLI’s lifesaving heroes to be celebrated at this summer’s Moy Country Fair

By Alasdair Fraser

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RNLI's Stormy Stan is always popular at the event.
RNLI's Stormy Stan is always popular at the event.

One of the Highlands biggest summer events will be honouring the RNLI as it marks a special anniversary.

Moy Country Fair, hosted at Moy Estate near Inverness on Friday and Saturday August 2 and 3 has announced it will focus on the volunteer charity’s exceptional work throughout the two-day event.

As is customary, the Moy Country Fair will also welcome a diverse range of exhibitors and performers this summer.

The RNLI will have a strong presence with volunteers from a number of local lifeboat stations including Invergordon, Loch Ness and Kessock coming along to greet visitors.

There will be a special lifejacket clinic offering advice to the public from RNLI volunteers on how to maintain and safety check lifejackets before use.

Shooting at Moy Fair, 2023
Shooting at Moy Fair, 2023

RNLI volunteers have saved an incredible 146,277 lives since the RNLI was founded in 1824.

Visitors will also be able to experience ‘float to live’ water safety demonstrations, pick up limited-edition RNLI souvenirs and meet the charity’s very own mascot Stormy Stan.

As well as traditional main ring activities such as Highland dancing, gundog handling, fishing demonstrations, a pet parade and terrier racing, there will be a range of field sports including clay pigeon and air rifle shooting to the fly-fishing challenge.

Falconry at Moy Fair, 2023
Falconry at Moy Fair, 2023

For younger field-sports enthusiasts, the Junior MacNab Challenge will return.

Hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the popular event invites children to participate in a clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting and a fly-fishing challenge.

Beyond traditional events, there will be a return of axe-throwing and archery - a big hit in its event debut last year.

Savage Skills will also be back showcasing their spectacular BMX stunts and tricks.

For foodies, there will be a Highland Food and Drink Trail featuring nine street food vendors from the Highland area alongside live music acts throughout each day. . The Food Tent and Cookery Theatre will offer visitors a journey into Scotland’s Larder, celebrating the very best produce from the local area.

The RNLI attended last year's event
The RNLI attended last year's event

James Campbell, Chairman of the Moy Country Fair Committee, said: “It’s set to be another exciting two days for our visitors at this year’s Moy Country Fair with a diverse range of activities, performances and exhibitors for everyone to enjoy.

“We are particularly proud to be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RNLI across the Fair. Water safety is something we always highlight, alongside the RNLI, so this is a great opportunity to raise awareness and inform our visitors.”

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which drew thousands to Moy Estate for the event last summer, at a cost of £17 for adults when pre-booking online, or £20 per adult at the gate on the day. All children aged under 16 years of age can access Moy Country Fair for free.

For more information and the book tickets please visit www.moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk

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