Monday 22 July 2019

All the fun of the fair!

Huge crowds at Strandhill Show in Lisheen

Emma Gallagher

The sun was shining and there was a real festival atmosphere at the annual Strandhill Show on Sunday in Lisheen.

There was something for all the family, with children's activities, farm animals, crafts, food, bouncy castles and much more.

The show, now in its 22nd year, ran throughout the day and there was a visit too from the Coast Guard helicopter from its nearby base.

Johnny Kivlehan, one of the organisers of the show, said everyone was delighted with the day.

He said there was a huge increase in attendances this year too.

"There was a really big crowd which was great to see.

"The numbers were away up on last year which was fantastic.

"All of the entries for all the competitions were up too.

"It seemed everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

"There was lots of live music with the Sligo Concert Band, Scruffy Duffy, Kieran Quinn and friends and John McHugh as well. They were all really good.

"We were very pleased overall with how the day went," John said.

He said that a lot of work goes into the show's preparation and running and thanked all the people who helped out.

"There is a lot of work in it alright and we are still at it! We are taking it all down today."

He said the weather too was mostly pleasant for the day.

"The weather was nice too which makes a big difference.

"Apart from the odd shower it was fine. Having the helicopter there was good too, the children love to see it up close."

This is the 22nd year of the popular show and one of the main attractions is the dog show with people travelling from all over with their pets for the day.

Activities for children, aside from the entertaining Scruffy Duffy, was a bouncy castle, bootcamp obstacle course, mega slide and bungee trampoline.

There were some exotic animals there too from the Kiltimagh Pet Farm with a young python snake and a lizard getting plenty of attraction.

Throughout the show, face painting was also taking place.

There was also pony rides which were popular with young children.

Johnny said that attention now turns to next year's event already and thanked everyone who turned up along with all the people who helped out in anyway.

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