Tales From The Fields: New cup for Mounthill Fair

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The success of the pony foal show at the Mounthill Fair in October 1969 had prompted the organising committee to present a valuable cup to the best foal, excluding pure breds, for the upcoming fair it was reported this week in 1970.

Mr Robert McDowell, chairman, who presided at the annual meeting, said that there had been “a tremendous enthusiasm” created as a result of the introduction of these new classes to the show’s programme.

The committee, he said, had decided that it there would be the following foal classes: Connemara, Arab, coloured and an open section.

Instead of the donkey derby there were to be prizes for the best mare donkey and musical mats while the afternoon programme of the show would include items by well known folk groups.

Mr McDowell, who thanked everyone for their support, referred to the great loss sustained by the committee through the death of one of their members, Mr Stephen McDowell.

The financial statement presented Mr Alex Martin, honorary treasurer, showed a credit balance of more than £90.

Mr John Clifford, who was mainly responsible for the fair’s revival ten years previously, congratulated the committee on their efforts to keep the traditional event alive.

He said that they were indebted to Miss S A McWilliams for the use of fields, also to everyone who sent subscriptions, brought stock or stalls and to sideshows.

Mr Clifford, who was the librarian in the Carnegie Library in Larne, and honorary secretary of the local folklore society, conducted the election of office bearers.

Appointments: President, Mr William A McWilliam, vice presidents, Miss S A McWilliam and Mr Alex Caldwell, chairman, Mr John Clifford, vice chairman, Mr Robert McDowell, honorary secretary, Mr S Howie, and honorary treasurer, Mr Alex Martin.