WITH Just one week to go to the launch of the Fermoy Winter Wonderland show, the organisers promise that it will be even bigger and better than last year's event, which broke all known records for attracting visitors to Fermoy for the Christmas season.
It was estimated that somewhere in the region of 17,000 visitors passed through the entrances during the three days of last December and that figure, considering the icy weather we were enduring at the time, was a huge success.
Once again one of the brains behind the project is Fermoy's Peter Kelly aka Frank of 'Weddings by Franc' on RTE.
Peter has been putting the finishing touches to his immense plans to make sure that this year's show is going to be an even better laid out affair and will contain some extra dimensions which are certain to please the attendance.
This year's attraction will include the world's largest inflatable toboggan run, standing at almost 80 feet high. It will also feature Europe's largest inflatable snowman, a carousel and a Polar Express train to Santa's Grotto.
The show will officially get underway at 5pm on Friday, December 9 until late that night. The show will also open from noon to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Also heavily involved in the promotion are the Avondhu/ Blackwater Group, headed up by CEO Valerie Murphy, the Fermoy Business Action Group with new Chairman Neilus O'brien, and the rest of last year's group.
Heritage officer Christy Roche is in charge of personnel again this year, he is looking for an unlimited amount of stewards to cover all three days so if anyone can spare a few odd hours during that time contact Christy Roche or Cllr Noel Mccarthy, your help will be greatly appreciated.
No doubt the motto of the Fermoy Business Association which was in full cry during the summer 'Try Fermoy First' will again be the war cry for the next three weeks or so.
If we all give it a go we will probably find that Fermoy is as good as any other place to shop for Christmas or at any other time. So let's give Fermoy a bit of a lift this year and hope that things will improve in 2012.