Festive season gets off to great start with Newtownforbes Craft Fair

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Festive season gets off to great start with Newtownforbes Craft Fair

Angela Cunningham, Jean Healy, Pauline Taffe, Winnie Donlon and Patricia Carrigy from St Christopher's at the Newtownforbes Craft Fair.

Hundreds of makers, designers and artisan food producers arrived in Newtownforbes last month for the annual Christmas Craft Fair which is now in its fourth year.

Thousands of unique gifts that would be hard sourced elsewhere were made available to the public on the day, and a very special raffle also took place at the end of proceedings.

It was a fabulous event that attracted lots of creative craft workers and skilled food producers to the locality.

There was everything from handcrafted wooden decorations and knitting, crochet and cookery to jewellery and clothing for spectators to sample and choose from.

Ann Devlin is one of the organisers and she told the Leader this week that the fair has been going from strength to strength since its inception back in 2015.

“It’s an event that is always very well supported locally and people come from all over the region too, to see for themselves what we have on offer,” she added, before pointing to the wonderful array of unique and special gifts on offer.

“We held a raffle as well; the hamper worth €100 was provided by the organisers and it was a wonderful prize for one lucky participant.”

Meanwhile, the Christmas Craft Fair continues to grow in strength with each passing year and Ann boils this down to the dedication of both the organisers and their families.

“It’s a family run event really,” she smiles.

“It’s so good and people keep coming back for more.”