The 5th Deerstalking Fair to be held north of the border will take place over the 29th & 30th April, 2017 at the Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord, Ross Shire. The fair has been running annually at Kelso in the Scottish Borders since 2013 and has proved to be a very popular event in the deerstalking community. However, just as other fairs have moved around the country the organisers felt that the Deerstalking Fair should also be showcased to a new audience for 2017. With the highlands and in particular Inverness being at the heart of deerstalking country, it seemed an obvious choice for a venue.
As well as new traders and exhibitors who have already approached us wanting to attend, the majority of our existing exhibitors were very supportive to see the fair take place at this venue and have confirmed their attendance. We will return at some point to the Scottish Borders but ever since the fair began we have been asked to consider taking it North as well as South of the border to make it accessible to others. As well as traders exhibiting rifles, off road vehicles, ATV's, optics, knives, CIC trophy measuring, night vision kit, reloading equipment, clothing, footwear and general accessories including items for larders and butchering, there will be several seminars and demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend and we are still discussing what exactly to offer with those providing this feature to ensure a full programme is available to those attending.
Viking Arms and Meopta have confirmed they will be sponsoring the fair and will hopefully have their hi-tech shooting simulator running for visitors to have a go. This feature proved very popular at Kelso. They will have all the latest products from Merkel Helix, Ruger, Meopta and Lapua, plus a lot more.
The support we have had from the deerstalking community at Kelso has been fantastic, ever since the first event. We like the venue there and think we have found a similar exhibition hall at the Black Isle Showground that allows the event to remain indoors thereby negating any worries about poor weather effecting the show. It is a short drive outside Inverness, which may provide the opportunity for those wanting to attend from farther afield the chance of making a weekend of it and seeing the other attractions in the area.
We are excited about this new venue and hope the future sees the fair also travel to England. We are currently looking at a couple of suitable venues South of the Border and will announce any plans as soon as we can.
Admission costs are £10 per adult, children under 16 are free and parking in the showground is also free.
The organisers look forward to seeing you all in the spring next year.