The Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day makes a welcome return to the North Longford village this Sunday, August 18, and it promises to be a memorable one.
Returning after a one-year absence, the annual event has a busy schedule, with something to keep everyone in the family entertained.
“The day is going to begine with a procession of vintage vehicles,” explained committee member, Mark Breslin. “It will begin at Gaugue Cross at 1.30pm and will travel down to the fair venue, which is just across the road from the 98 Bar.”
Leading the procession will be one of Longford’s very own country music celebrities, Declan Nerney.
“Declan has kindly agreed to take time out of a busy weekend to lead the procession that will officially open the fair,” Mr Breslin continued. And there will be plenty of other attractions on the day as well.
“We’re looking forward to having displays of traditional crafts and costumes on the day,” Mr Breslin said. “As well as that, there will be livestock displays featuring sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry. There will also be pony and trap rides, egg and spoon races, three-legged races and a tug-o-war contest.”
Other timeless skills such as cartwheel-making will also be demonstrated, while more quirky events such as the ducking char, cow bingo, mouse racing and lifting the pond duck, and welly throwing will also feature.
Those in need of refreshment will be well catered-for, too. “We’re delighted that the Irish Countrywomen’s Association will be there with a stand selling tea and cakes,” Mr Breslin added.
Concluding his description of a comprehensive schedule, Mr Breslin said the day will be rounded-off with Irish dancing performances and live music.