Tuesday 22 January 2019

It's family fun the old-fashioned way

Donie Anderson gives his dog a hand in the duck herding at last year’s Ashford Country Fair
Donie Anderson gives his dog a hand in the duck herding at last year’s Ashford Country Fair

Myles Buchanan

The grounds of the Bel Air Hotel will be buzzing on the May bank holiday Monday as its hosts the Ashford Country Fair.

The family event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7, will feature a wide range of food, fashion, activities and country skills displays. Entry is €5 per car.

There will be plenty to see at this year's fair, thanks to a number of demonstrations taking place during the day.

There will be two gun dog demonstrations, one with Labradors and the other with Springer Spaniels, while the highly entertaining duck herder will be back, with three separate demonstrations.

Following its success last year, the falconry display will return and there will be the usual variety of farm animals, including a donkey, calf, sheep, lambs, goats and hens.

The vintage tractors will be back and, for those favouring four legs rather than wheels, there will be a demonstration by the local pony club.

Spinners will be at work, changing sheep's fleeces into spun yarn, while people will also be able to see cream churned into butter as they find out what the local ICA has to offer.

Visitors are welcome to bring along their own family dog and enter them in the ever-popular dog show, which has a wide variety of classes catering for all shapes, sizes and breeds. Entries will be taken from 11 a.m.

There will be a huge range of stalls with something for everyone, including offerings from the Men's Shed, jewellery, crafts, pottery, soaps, bric-a-brac, books, Tupperware, clothes, cakes, country produce and more.

Plant lovers will be happy as there will be lots of shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants available to purchase.

A raffle will take place with a hamper, meal vouchers, tickets for the Dublin Horse Show, child's art classes and a scarf by Phyllis all to be won.

The little ones will be kept busy in the fun corner, which includes a bouncy castle, bucking bronco, cactus shy and painting pottery. There will be plenty of food and drink available for young and old, including popcorn, candy floss and a barbecue (serving both meat and vegetarian fare) and plenty of refreshments in the tea tent.

Organisers have sent their thanks to the Freeman family for the use of the hotel grounds.

Wicklow People