Armagh Lord Mayor Garath Keating will lead the opening parade for this year’s Markethill Fair Day.
And Markethill Horse and Pony Driving Club Ltd – which organises the annual event – were delighted to be invited by the Lord Mayor this week to attend a reception to launch the Fair Day.
It will be held on Saturday, August 20, and is a great opportunity for a family day-out, with activities to suit all ages.
The opening parade will led by Lord Mayor Keating and starts at 11am, with horse-drawn vehicles and adults and children dressed in 1900-style clothes.
Members of our local vintage clubs will be led by David Alexander with his steam roller, followed by vintage cars, tractors, lorries, and motorbikes.
Street entertainment will include Irish-Scottish and line dancing, a comedy sketch, face-painting, and bouncy castle.
There will be a host of demonstrations, including threshing and baling, wood turning, butter making, soda farl baking, pancake making, sheep shearing, horse shoeing, the handmade creation of harnesses, and Carrickmacross and bobbin lace making.
By popular demand, the Indians showband will be performing at the Markethill Fair Day as will John Glenn and the Wranglers.
Lots of prizes will be up for grabs on the day for our four-legged or two-legged friends as well as for the best-dressed shop window.
Come along in vintage-style fancy dress, and if you would like to take a stall, a few places are left.
To find out more details, contact Fair Day secretary Betty on 0791 288 3943.
This year’s Fair Day charity collection will be going to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.
A full Fair Day programme will be available closer to the time.
Picture main: Members of the Markethill Horse and Pony Driving Club Ltd, pictured with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Garath Keating during their visit to the Palace to officially launch this year’s Markethill Fair Day, which takes place on August 20.
Pictured at the Official Launch of Markethill Fair Day are from left are, Jim Stewart, President, Mrs Betty Stewart, Fair Day Secretary, Lord Mayor, Councillor Garath Keating and Charles McLoughlin, Chairman.
Picture third: Alexander Stewart wearing the Lord Mayor’s chain – with the Lord Mayor Garath Keating.