Golden Tickets prove the hottest in town for a magical day
At a count of 1,700 children a halt had to be put on admissions to Enniscorthy Castle for the hugely successful Willy Wonka experience and Golden Strawberry Draw on Sunday June 4 as part of this year's wonderful Strawberry Fair Street Rhythms Festival.
All over the festival weekend the hard-working Street Rhythms committee hosted magical events for children of all ages culminating in a most spectacular display at Castle Street and Enniscorthy Castle on the final day of the Fair.
Mammies and daddies, grannies and granddads, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers queued in the golden sunshine to take their little treasurers into the Castle and the magical world of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The Castle, wondrous at all times, took on an enchanting, fairy-tale quality thanks to the theatrical wiles of Willy Wonka himself aka Liam Sharkey, and his fantastic band of Rathnure Pantomime actors who gave sterling performances as the Oompa Loompas and other characters from the world of fantasy.
Hundreds upon hundreds of little eyes lit up as the curtain was pulled back to reveal an Aladdin's Cave of chocolate, sweets, lollipops and bars of every description, colour, shape, flavour and hue - as every childs dream came true right there in front of them.
Meanwhile, outside in the Castle grounds there were games aplenty, as princesses, real and imagined joined with kids of all ages trying their damnedest to win a Golden Ticket.
And over on Castle Street slightly older kids were trying desperately to stay on the Bucking Bronco, or having a go at Sumo Wrestling or doing a Bungee Jump with a difference, while at Market Square there were men on stilts, magicians and acrobats.
The town pulsated with wonder, magic and excitement totally fitting for the 50th Anniversary of our much loved Fair.