Record turnout for the annual Steam and Country Fayre

Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.
Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.

Thousands of people headed to The Bedfordshire Steam and Country Fayre at Old Warden Park at the weekend.

Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society’s annual rally aims to give an insight into the country life at the turn of the 20th Century.

Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.

Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.

Visitors enjoyed entertainment throughout the day, organisers provided a beer garden, a stage show and fairground rides.

Paul Worbey, of Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society, said: “It was a great weekend with lovely weather, the sun was shining on both days.

“The event had changed a lot from last year, it was more of a country show arena as well as the vehicle display.

“We also had sheep dogs, a heavy horse display, a falconry centre, a sheep show and so much more, there was something for everyone and lots of entertainment.

Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.

Steam Fayre at Old Warden Park. Photo by June Essex.

“There was over 1000 exhibits, including tractors and vintage vehicles.

“We had a fantastic turn out, we had a record gate on Saturday and a very good gate on Sunday too, around 25,000 over the whole weekend.

“Next year we will be celebrating our the society’s 60th anniversary, so it will be bigger and better.”

The society’s annual rally will be on 16th, 17th and 18th September next year.