Mayor of Lisburn, James Tinsley
with Derek Lutton one of the organisers of the
National Countrysports Fair 08 and Joleen Moran
and AnnaMcEwan from Make a Wish charity with
some foxhounds at the launch of the National
Countrysports Fair. This year's fair will take
place at Moira Demesne and the 'Make a Wish
Foundation' is the charity the benefiting from
the event. Pic Edward Byrne Photography
Bigger and better countrysports fair set for
Moira says KUNE. Kune pigs, pigmy goats and Harry Potteresque
Snowy owls are just a few of the rare animals that can be seen
at Moira Demesne during the 13th annual National Countrysports
Fair which runs from May 31 to June 1.
New this year is a twice daily show of the
'Knights of the Damned', the top UK medieval jousting team and a
sky-scoring aerial acrobat display by the Yakovlevs Air Display
team. There will also be an International Food Fair featuring 60
fine food exhibitors. There will also be spaniel and retriever
gundog displays; a 'dog and duck' derby, fly-fishing
demonstrations, display from Scottish Phoenix Falconry group and
4x4 wheel drive tryout tracks for the fair that draws crowds of
over 20,000 from all over Northern Ireland and the Border
Event organiser Bill Beckett said: "The
National Countrysports Fair is for everyone who loves animals
and who appreciates the country life.
"Visitors can try their hands at everything
from clay pigeon shooting, archery, air rifle shooting, 4 wheel
driving, to the ancient Scottish art of stick-dressing. "
Lisburn's Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley was
on hand to try a few of the attractions as the launch and said
the Council was delighted to support the National Countrysports
Fair for the next three years at Moira.
He said: "This major event brings significant
economic benefits to the City of Lisburn, with most
accommodation providers already fully booked and some 25,000
people expected to attend the 2008 Fair." The fair is sponsored
in association with P8/0 Irish Sea and runs from 9.00 am until
6.00pm. Admission £10 for adults and £2 for children. Car
parking is free.
Mayor of Lisburn, James Tinsley with Misty the barn owl at
the launch of the National Countrysports Fair 08 which will take
place at Moira Demesne later this month.