Sunday 16 June 2019

Strawberry fair sponsorship announced

Pictured at the presentation of sponsorship from Riverside Park
Pictured at the presentation of sponsorship from Riverside Park

Brendan Keane

The Riverside Park Hotel will again be the main sponsor of this year's Strawberry Fair ball which will take place on Wednesday, May 29, in the hotel.

The ball will be preceded by a strawberry and champagne reception.

Tickets for the ball, priced €45, are now available from committee members and also from the hotel reception.

In announcing sponsorship of the event the general manager in the hotel, Jim Maher, expressed delight at being associated with the festival.

'The hotel is once again delighted to be associated with the Strawberry Fair, Street Rhythms and Roots Festival because it is part and parcel of the social fabric of Enniscorthy,' he said.

The event is the second oldest festival in Ireland after the Rose of Tralee and Mr Maher said it 'traditionally heralds the start of the summer tourist season in the town'.

He also highlighted that the event provides a major boost for the town's economy.

The programme of entertainment for this year's event incorporates something of interest for all age groups ranging from 'fairytales in the castle' for younger children to the long awaited appearance of the tribute band, 'Creedence Awakened', for music lovers.

Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) topped the music charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1970s and early '80s and the band's music is as popular today as it was at the height of the group's fame.

Creedence Awakened is a British based tribute band dedicated to promoting and keeping alive the hit tunes of CCR and the band's first and only Enniscorthy appearance will be on the closing night of this year's fair at 9 p.m. on June 2.

Speaking about the event itself one of the committee members said entertainment will be buzz word for the festival weekend this year.

Over 30 gigs have been booked throughout the weekend in 15 venues around the town.

'The programme of entertainment will range from jazz, blues and rock 'n roll to blue grass, folk, country and traditional,' said the committee spokesperson.

There will also be a wide range of outdoor entertainment on the bandstand in Market Square, in Rackard's pub, on Rafter Street, and in Toss Kavanagh's, in Templeshannon, where a specially constructed platform will be in place.

'The Street Rhythms programme is both creative and imaginative and is designed to be awe inspiring for younger folk,' said the spokesperson.

It will commence with a colourful parade on the opening night, Friday, May 31, from the Abbey Square to Market Square where many well loved cartoon characters will be on hand to meet and greet the younger people in attendance.

Throughout the weekend there will be lots to do and see with the highlight being 'Fairytales in the Castle' on Sunday afternoon, June 2, when Dorothy and Strongbow will follow the 'yellow brick road' as they try to make their way home from planet earth.

The 2019 Strawberry Princesses will be introduced at the Festival Ball before being interviewed on the bandstand in Market Square on Saturday night, June 1.

The organisers say interest in this year's competition has been 'phenomenal' and it's expected at least a dozen people will be in the running for the title.

The announcement of the winner will be made on Sunday night prior to the start of the Credence Awakened concert.

The 2019 Strawberry Fair, Street Rhythms and Roots Festival promises to be one of the best ever and the organisers are hoping that record crowds will be in attendance.

Enniscorthy Guardian