Fair evokes a by-gone era
The Hollywood Fair Committee is busy making preparations for the seventh annual fair, which takes place this year from Thursday, August 17, to Sunday, August 20.
The annual fashion show has already taken place, with the four themes focused on a day at the race, vintage wear, evening wear and a special oriental children's' event.
The Hollywood Fair promises again to be hugely entertaining for everyone, with the pre-1950s rural heritage theme of the fair proving a massive hit. Everyone is asked to embrace the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in pre-1950s attire
The fair commences on the Thursday evening with a ceili/set-dancing session in the GAA centre. Children's fun and games takes place in the GAA field on the Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.. Later in the evening there will be traditional music and singing in the Ceilidh House in the village.
On Saturday, August 19, Bishop Eamonn Walsh will concelebrate an old-style Latin Mass in St. Kevin's Church at 6 p.m. with local clergy. Dressed in pre-1950s attire, the large attendance usually make their way to the Mass by pony and trap, vintage vehicles and bikes.
After Mass, another slow-bicycle race is planned, followed by a dramatic re-enactment in an adjacent field.
A huge turn-out is expected on Sunday when there will be a huge day of entertainment, including exhibitions of traditional crafts such as threshing, blacksmithing, stone-cutting, wood-turning and butter making. There will also be a world record attempt for the largest gathering of people wearing flat-caps.
The fair will be officially opened at 2 p.m. by the Minister for Health Simon Harris, ably assisted by Rita O'Rourke and Pat Corrigan. Some people may also find love at the fair as the renowned Lisdoonvarna match-maker Willie Daly will attend again this year.
Another big attraction is the sheep show and the competition for the various categories attracts intense local interest. This year the committee is delighted to welcome Joe Healy, national IFA President, who has kindly agreed to act as judge.
Entry fee is €3 with children under-12 free.