The Coniston Country Fair has seen decades worth of events and brought thousands of visitors to the county and The Mail has been there to capture its highlights.

In 1995, the traditional country skills attracted holidaymakers and locals alike to the fair on one of the warmest days of the month.

The craft stalls were nearly at a bursting level with jewellery and fudge on offer.

For those who were interested in something more potent there was a chance to sample the caramel-flavoured Lakeland Liqueur at the event at Coniston Old Hall on the banks of Coniston Water.

Craftsmen from Kirkby-based Burlington Slate attracted a crowd who marvelled at their skill in finishing off pieces of slate.

Others tested their speed at pulling the trigger in laser clay pigeon shooting.

Pheasants, fish and thistles topped shepherds’ crooks and walking sticks entered in the stick show.

But the main attraction was the contests in the showground with classes for beagles, terriers and lurchers and a children’s petting show.

Classes were included for sheep, sheepdogs, and ferrets.

Demonstrations were also held on sheep-shearing as struggling sheep were relieved of their heavy winter coats within minutes.

The sheer brawn of the traditional fair wrestling proved a big lure to the show goers.

Local contestants sport the costume of black pants over white leggings and a white singlet.

Despite the heat, their experience in the sport seemed to win the day as they felled opponent after opponent.

In 1996, attendance was down at the Coniston Country Fair due to heavy rain which interrupted the event.

However, those who did turn out were determined to make the best of it.

None of the classes were called off and even the children’s sports went ahead with the little ones running about in the rain in potatoes races and sack races.

The Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling nearly turned into a mud wrestling competition, but most of the field at Coniston Hall Farm stayed firm.

There were plenty of opportunities for people to dry off in the craft tent where there were displays of traditional crafts and art including paintings, pottery and woodturnings.