IT is the final countdown to Helston Harvest Fair Weekend, when the town will be taken over with two days of festivities.

It kicks of with the family pet show on Saturday next week (September 6), held at the Epworth Hall garden, or in the hall if wet.

Entry is open from 9.30am, with judging at 10am, and this will be followed by a family fun dog show, open from 12.30pm for a 1pm judging. New categories this year include the wiggliest tail, fancy dress and “best six legs.”

Then in the late afternoon the carnival, complete with newly elected carnival king and queen will |leave Helston Football Club at 5pm and proceed |down to the Grylls Monument, having been judged |at 4pm.

The following day, Sunday, September 7, will see the popular horticultural and craft show at the Old Cattle Market, featuring cookery, crafts, photography, flowers and vegetables.

It is still possible to enter by picking up a schedule at Heathercraft in Coinagehall Street or Gillian’s Tubs in Meneage Street.

To help youngsters in the town prepare for the event, many children have been heading to Helston Museum in order to practice their crafting skills.

They have been learning various techniques |and making different items, which will then go on display for judging at the craft show.

Some youngsters took their families along with them on the first weekend, to help prepare some colourful tiles.

Ten were made on the day all of which are now in the hands of Jude Carol, the event’s supervisor, who is keeping them safe until they are needed.

This was the first time a crafting workshop has been held at the museum to go towards the fair, with another taking place last weekend, to make wooden boards ready for painting with designs.

A third and final session will take place at the museum this Saturday, between 10am and 1pm, followed by a cookery session at the Epworth Hall teaching how to bake bread and cupcakes.

There will then be certificates and prizes for the top entries in the harvest fair show.