This is a guest post by Arran Wicher. If you’d like to write a guest post for Preston Blog see how you can get involved.Advertisement
Once again, Chipping is hosting its classic steam fair. With such events the weather plays a crucial part, and with the days preceding being wet, getting onto the car park with out four wheal drive was tricky. Having found a parking space and put on wellington boots you make you way to the entrance.
Entrance fees are Adult £6, OAP and Children 12-16 £4. Along with me was my 5 year old nephew, so I was happy to find children under 12 get in for free.
Getting there for 11:30 I was in time to watch a show of local young talented dancers. It was obvious these were routines designed on harder surfaces than a muddy field, as doing the splits and lying on ones back gets messy on mud, much to the delight of the crowd.
There where hundreds of exhibits including full size and miniature steam engines, classic cars, military vehicles and amongst the larger exhibits you could find motor bikes, steam organs and other private made miniature engines performing a variety of tasks.
The three day event, which continues throughout this May Bank Holiday, is taking place at the Green Lane showground, about three quarters of a mile outside the village towards Clitheroe, and featured a large climbing wall and a fairground. There were stalls selling a verity of good from camping gear to classic corgi cars, there where also several refreshment stands, so never fair away from a good cup of tea.
I would recommend visiting the tanks and the working display of the rolls royce engine was impressive if not on the loud side.