As we move swiftly through 2015 the Glenties Community Development Group have been hard at work preparing this years Harvest Fair Festival which will run from Thursday September 10th through Sunday September 13th. Last year’s festival has gone down in record as one of our most successful ever with huge crowds present on the Fair Day itself and on our Buckin’ Wild Country & Western Day which saw the Main Street closed as hundreds danced and jived away to Lee Matthews who incidentally will be appearing again this year.
A change in how we organised the stall holders last year and the quality of the stalls themselves led to bargain hunters having much more choice and value for money as well as a more comfortable environment in which to walk as we ensured the layout of stalls meant ease of movement about the street.
This year we are aiming to make the Harvest Fair even better with more quality stalls, traditional crafts, animals and a top class line up of music which, as mentioned earlier, will be led once again this year by Lee Matthews. But Lee will not be on his own and over the course of the festival we will have other top class musical acts to enjoy and dance too.
On Saturday September 12th the annual Harvest Fair Day takes place with loads of stall holders flocking to Glenties with bargains to offer young and old. During the day watch out for another special guest as magician Rodd Hogg will be on hand to amaze you all with his mystical abilities. Rodd will be performing his acts at various locations around the street so make sure to look out for him as his act is particularly special. Then later that night a fantastic time will be had in the Highlands Hotel as we pick a Harvest Fair Queen from the audience at the Harvest Fair Dance. Music on the night will be provided by the fabulous Jim Devine and his band and we are very proud to announce that the 2015 Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan, whose mother hails from Glenties, will be our special guest and help in judging the new Harvest Fair Queen.
Then on Sunday the 13th we kick things off at 2pm with the ever popular Shaun McMonagle live on the Main Street followed at 4pm by the annual Harvest Fair Float and Band Parade which this year features, amongst others, the Maghera Band who recently were crowned All Ireland Champions.
The parade will be led by the 2015 Harvest Fair Queen and the 2015 Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan.
Following that we get our dancing shoes on as Lee Matthews returns to Glenties at 5pm live on the big stage on the Main Street.
Bar extensions are in place for the duration of the festival and live music is to be found in many of the bars around Glenties each night.
So if your after a good weekend of fun, craic agus ceol for all the family make sure to head for Glenties for the Harvest Fair.