There has been much speculation in recent weeks about whether or not the Killymard Old Fair Day was going ahead.
The event has been very popular with visitors and locals alike. Since it began three years ago, it was held in August.
Organisers have confirmed to the Donegal Post that the Old Fair will return this year, though somewhat later than in previous years.
Margaret Harte said: “We found in previous years that a lot of people were away in August. We felt there was an appetite for having it a bit later, once the children were settled back at school.”
The date for this year’s Old Fair Day is Saturday, September 29.
As in previous years, there will be free family events throughout the day, with the usual displays of crafts and traditional skills from local people. There will be sheep shearing, sheep competitions, children’s games, farm produce, baked goods, jam etc for sale.
There will also be traditional music, dance and storytelling throughout the day.
The scarecrow competition is also back. The committee would love to see the whole parish as well as local businesses and clubs getting involved.
Mrs Harte said: “What we would really like to see is townlands, streets, sports clubs, community groups or work colleagues come together to create a scarecrow for the competition. The entry fee is €5 and they could share it between them.
“The Old Fair Day is very much about community and our shared skills and traditions, so this is a great way to get involved together.”
Events for the main part of the day will be in the Old Church and grounds. Some activities such as sheep shearing and rope twisting will take place in the nearby field later in the afternoon. Organisers are keen to add a tug-o-war competition this year too, so people are encouraged to get teams together for a bit of fun and friendly rivalry.
There will be a house dance starting at 9.00 pm for adults only, with prizes for the best dancers. A high standard was set by last year’s winners. And rumour has it that there is plenty of jiving and waltz practice going on in the homes of Killymard at the moment.
There will also be a few surprises throughout the Old Fair Day. The committee haven’t revealed the nature of these yet but say that everyone can expect to be highly entertained.
More details will be announced closer to the time.
Meanwhile, work has been progressing well on the Old Church restoration. The Old Fair Day is a great opportunity to see the craftsmanship of John Friel and his team, Martin McNern builders and everyone who has been involved in the work to date.
More information and updates can be found on the Facebook page Killymard Old Church Restoration
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