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Fangfest 2011 - The 13th annual Fangfoss Village Practical Arts Festival - Stone Sculptor Michael Cooper

Fangfest 2011 - The 13th annual Fangfoss Village Practical Arts Festival - Stone Sculptor Michael Cooper

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ENTHUSIASTS of arts and crafts swooped on Fangfoss at the weekend as the annual Fangfest got underway.

The festival of practical arts is now in its 13th year, but proved far from being unlucky as the weather held out and the crowds descended on the usually quiet village.

Fangfest 2011 - The 13th annual Fangfoss Village Practical Arts Festival - Chainsaw Sculptor Karl Barker of Scrayingham

Fangfest 2011 - The 13th annual Fangfoss Village Practical Arts Festival - Chainsaw Sculptor Karl Barker of Scrayingham

The celebration involves many of the local businesses in Fangfoss, including The Rocking Horse Shop, Fangfoss Pottery and Harry Postill Furniture among others, who throw open their doors to give demonstrations on carving, painting and pottery.

Jane Cook, of The Rocking Horse Shop, said: “Fangfest went really well, with record numbers on Saturday.

“It was a great success and everyone had a great time. It was rewarding to see families enjoying a happy atmosphere, based on traditional crafts.

“It is such a pleasure to show everyone into our workshops and see how interested they are.”

Attractions over the weekend included a flower festival, pony and trap rides, clay pigeon shooting, archery, a fun fair, a treasure hunt, a classic car rally and live music.

Visitors were also able to listen to, and join in, demonstrations of various arts and crafts, including pot making on the potters’ wheel.

Lyn Grant of Fangfoss Pottery said: “Over 100 people had a go on the wheel. The demonstrations were well attended with the teapot masterclass attracting so many people on the Sunday afternoon that no one else could get into the pottery!