Final plans put in place for Castleblayney 400 Fair Day

September 22, 2014

Castleblayney Fair Day is approaching fast and plans are fitting into place, thanks to the tireless work of the committee and all the other volunteers who are piecing together the parts of the jigsaw.  There is a lot of work which needs to be done behind the scenes for any major event to take place, and anybody who works on committees will appreciate the months of planning that takes place before an event is scheduled.  The ‘Fair Day’ is no exception and the committee hopes that the public will turn up in huge numbers to experience all the wonderful features that we have put in place for your enjoyment.

There are crafts people coming from all over Monaghan and the surrounding counties to demonstrate their skills and many will be selling their wares.  There will be demonstrations of farm chores from the olden days, such as thrashing, scutching and weaving.  There are many talented people living in our midst, from artists who can create stone sculptures, to local people making linen and lace garments, to people who make delicious homemade produce, such as jams, bread and other confectionary.  We have arranged a wide selection of these people to come along to Castleblayney on Saturday the 27th of September to entertain, educate and satisfy your hunger.  So don’t miss this exciting day, where you will be thrilled by the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional ‘Fair Day’.

There will be music to liven up your day, from a selection of talented musicians.  Don’t forget to have your costumes ready in good time and come dressed in period clothing from the early 1900’s.  If you haven’t got your outfit already, remember to look in your attics or in second hand shops for olden type clothes. Long skirts, frilly blouses and shawls or cardigans for the ladies.  And for the gentlemen, old grandfather shirts, waistcoats, braces (galluses) and flat caps.

There is a very important meeting organised for next Tuesday evening, 23rd September at 7.30 in The Glencarn Hotel.  The committee are calling for ALL VOLUNTEERS to come along to this meeting to be informed of the plan for the day and about the ‘Road Closures’ and ‘Traffic Regulations’, which have been put in place to facilitate the ‘Fair Day’.    Please contact Noel McGuigan on 086 2375507, to put your name down for stewarding on the day, or come along to the meeting next Tuesday at 7.30 in The Glencarn Hotel.  Remember, a major event like this cannot take place without the support of the local community and volunteers to help on the day, so show your community spirit and help us out!!!

A night of Drama, Poetry and Song (World War 1)  Friday 26th of September The Glencarn Hotel

8.30pm A fun filled night of Drama, Poetry and Song

Castleblayney Players have prepared a short sketch about World War 1 and how it affected the people of Castleblayney

2 Local scholars give a short talk on their research about World War 1

Muckno Singers present a selection of ‘Wartime songs’ to delight the crowd

Here is a planned program for the day. It is subject to change, but we hope to run the day as follows:

8.30 – 9.30 am Erection of Stalls/Exhibits (to be in place by 9.30 am sharp)

10.00 am Street photographs to be taken in Upper Main Street (Period Dress essential)

11.00 am (ongoing) Judging of Shop Windows, Best Dressed Lady, Gent, Child and Family

11.30 am High Nelly run around the Town (Period Dress essential)

12.00 noon Children’s Games in Shortt’s Butcher’s yard

Street Busking (throughout the day)

12.30 pm Portrait Pictures on Main St.

Exhibitions from Tinsmiths, Blacksmiths, Stone Sculptures and much more.

1.00 pm Street Games

1.30 pm Heats of the Barman’s Race

2.00 pm Castleblayney Players Arts Event outside Castleblayney Credit Union

2.30 pm Duke of Connaught Portrait (portraits taken of individuals and groups)

3.00 pm Tractor Pull, Trashing Event and Vintage Displays

3.30 pm Final of Barman’s Race

4.00 pm Ceili Dancing at the Crossroads (Malone’s Corner, traffic lights)

4.45 pm Castleblayney Players Arts Event at Malone’s Corner

5.00 pm Ceili Dancing at the Crossroads

5.15 pm Presentation of Prizes (on Main Stage)

5.30 pm Bands on stage: The Outlaws and John Glenn.