Thousands enjoy Ballymoney Spring Fair
Mon, April 16, 2018
It was a weekend to remember for Ballymoney as the town hosted its annual Spring Fair.
Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in association with Local Women magazine, up to 3000 visitors enjoyed a packed programme of attractions at Castlecroft Square, Megaw Park and Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre culminating in a carnival parade and cavalcade through the town centre.
Festivities began on Friday afternoon when Hugo Duncan broadcast his hugely popular BBC Radio Ulster programme from Castlecroft. With live performances and lots of the broadcaster’s much-loved banter it provided a fantastic start to the main event on Saturday.
Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce showed its support by organising a range of fashion and lifestyle events alongside special promotions in many of the town’s unique shops and boutiques.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE said: “Ballymoney Spring Fair was a fantastic day of celebration which filled the town with music and colour. I was honoured to take part in the finale parade and it was fantastic to see so much support with crowds lining the streets to enjoy the spectacle provided by the participating young people, cars and lorries. Our Borough enjoys a reputation for providing high quality events and I am delighted to see Ballymoney Spring Fair established as a fabulous day out for all the family. We are now looking forward to a busy summer season and welcoming more people than ever before to the area.”
With the sun shining throughout, event highlights included a free family fun day at Megaw Park with street theatre, duck herding, an animal petting farm, pony rides and craft workshops. At Castlecroft in the town centre, the best of local produce was on offer at Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market featuring handmade art and craft pieces alongside food and drink products. Motoring enthusiasts were treated to a vintage and classic car show at Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre organised by Ballymoney Old Vehicle Club with hundreds of vehicles to admire and enjoy.
The crowds were kept well entertained throughout the day by CJ Entertainment, Mandrogora Traditional Music, Yasmin Walker, Young Ike, Jack McNaul and Kelly Neill Dance Company.
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