Excitement is building in Ballyforan this week, as the annual Fair and Festival is set to take place on this Saturday, September 24th!
The annual fair was launched earlier this month, at an event held in St Aidan’s GAA Clubhouse on September 9th.
The launch was attended by committee members, local representatives, fair sponsors, and members of the local community.
This year’s show will feature all the usual favourites, such as the horse, sheep, and poultry competitions, as well as the very popular Dog Show, which is sponsored by Petmania. Registration for the dog show opens at 11 am, and the competition itself commences at 12 am.
Sheep judging will begin at 10.20 am, followed by a presentation of prizes at 11 am. Horse judging will also kick off at 11 am, with prize presentations taking place shortly afterwards at 11.30 am.
The winner of the Champion Horse of the Fair will win a cash prize of €200 and will also be awarded the new Tony White Memorial Cup. Tony passed away earlier this year and is dearly missed by all at Ballyforan Fair. He is fondly remembered in particular for his contributions as treasurer and for his work with the horse section.
The committee would like to give special thanks to all of the fair’s sponsors, elected representatives, and the local community for their continued support.
The present-day Ballyforan Fair dates all the way to the early part of the 19th century, when Hon Gonville Ffrench (a local landlord who resided in Claremont House in Ballyforan) was granted a patent on January 30th, 1836, to hold a fair in the village. The patent also allowed for a fair to be held on the third Monday of May, June, July, August, September, October and December, and granted a market to be held each Wednesday. The fair likely took place before this date, but 1836 was the first recorded instance of the event taking place as we know it.
Ballyforan Fair has enjoyed major success over the years, and this year’s fair is sure to be no different. So come along this weekend to take part in this wonderful event.