Things to do in Herts: Loki the fire puppy to appear at Herts County Show in Redbourn this weekend

Not all superheroes wear capes, some have four legs and rescue people from fires! An adorable pup named after Marvel character, and sometimes hero, Loki, is to appear at the Herts County Show this weekend (May 28 & 29), and he’s sure to steal some hearts.

The young, black Labrador has just started his career with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and is said to be already enjoying his new, local celebrity status. He will be joined by his mentor Reqs, who has been a fire dog for 10 years and has assisted on more than 500 blazes.

Both of the furry firefighters, and their handler Nikki, will be center-stage at the Hertfordshire County Council site, on Main Drive, at the show, from 12pm on Sunday. Visitors can also check out and get pictures on a fire engine, try on fire kit and walk through a smoke house, while learning about potential fire dangers in the home, how to avoid them and what to do in an emergency.

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There’s sure to be plenty of activities at the event, at Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, after it had been postponed for the last two years due to Covid. The two-day event is to be filled with local shopping, food and drink, entertainment including a motorbike stunt show, Shetland pony races, a farmyard, heavy horse and machinery display and a dog and duck show.

If you’re looking to go-green or just snap up a bargain, Hertfordshire County Council’s pop-up reuse shop and upcycling hub is the place to go. Visitors can get home-inspo for their own eco-friendly, restoration projects, plus buy pre-loved items instead of them being sent for disposal, at cut prices. All profit made from the pop-up over the two-day event will be donated to charity Emmaus Hertfordshire, which helps homeless people in the county get back on their feet.

Councillor Terry Douris, Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Lifelong Learning and Localism, said: “I don’t doubt Loki will melt many hearts at the Herts County Show and make a brilliant addition to the council’s site. I hope as many visitors as possible will take the opportunity to come and say hello to him, and also check out our other interactive firefighting activities. Not only are they fun, but will also help people of every age potentially learn life-saving fire safety facts and information.

“Our priority is to create a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire, and we are excited to really showcase these values ​​over the County Show weekend. We have so many incredible items lined up for our pop-up reuse shop and can’t wait to show visitors the many benefits – both environmental and financial – of buying second-hand, or just how incredible items can look with a few simple upcycling tweaks.”

The Hertfordshire County Show runs from Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29 from 8.30am-5.30pm on both days. You can buy tickets here or visit the show website.

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