Great support for a growing festival

Nicole Hartman at the Fancy Dress parade in the Square on Saturday as part of the Feile na mBlath festivities.
Nicole Hartman at the Fancy Dress parade in the Square on Saturday as part of the Feile na mBlath festivities.

Laura-Ashley N Shuilleabhin

Féile na mBláth was a huge success last weekend as people from all over gathered for the wide variety of events taking place.

Féile na mBláth was a huge success last weekend as people from all over gathered for the wide variety of events taking place.

Face painting, dog shows, film festivals and kiddie's amusements were only some of the many activities that were on over the weekend.

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, the Square, Denny Street, and the town park were overrun with events for people of all ages.

There was a good turnout on all three days, despite the adverse weather conditions, as Tralee townspeople gathered to support local business and children gathered for the different children's amusements.

The Kerryman spoke to some locals about the festival.

"The festival was absolutely massive, the marquees were full with people, it was very colourful and a great source of income for the town," said Gary Stephenson. "The kids really enjoyed the primary art competitions and it was a great success to see everyone coming out."

"I think that had the weather been better on Sunday that more people would have probably turned up. Take 2010 for example when there was a massive crowd because of the scorching weather. But aside from the bad weather on Sunday the rest of the weekend was a huge success with a great crowd."

Christina Tydings says that she always looks forward to the event every year. "It was very good, even with the rain and created a great buzz for Tralee. The Pipe bands are definitely my favourite event and regardless of the weather people will turn up because there was so much to do for people of all ages. It had a good crowd and it's great to see the town so busy in recessionary times."

Margaret Horan says she enjoyed the bands' performances, it was a huge success and she'll definitely return next year. "There were loads of people, it was a great turnout and the one downside was the bad weather on Sunday. Less rain would have been great but I love going to events that draw more people to Tralee and overall I had a great time," she said.

Without a doubt Féile na mBláth was a huge financial and social success for business people and families throughout Kerry and always seems to grow in popularity and crowds as the years pass.

Kerryman

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