NI CountrySports Fair ‘back with a bang’ at Scarvagh House

Alex Buller winner of the gate jumping competition �Paul Byrne Photography
Alex Buller winner of the gate jumping competition �Paul Byrne Photography

The NI CountrySports Fair welcomed families, country sports enthusiasts and thousands of competitors over the weekend (28th-29th May) to Scarvagh House, Banbridge.

Over 18,000 visitors, 150 exhibitors and 1,000 competitors enjoyed the fun-filled weekend. Guests were treated to a number of ‘firsts’ for the event including seeing the World’s First Ferret Grand National, a Country and Western concert featuring country stars such as Richie Remo and a charity Donkey Derby.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Lord Mayor Cllr Darryn Causby, Countrysports Fair Director Derek Lutton, TV Presenter Claire McCollum and Clann An Drumma's drummer Davy Carney and piper Craig McFarland �Paul Byrne Photography

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Lord Mayor Cllr Darryn Causby, Countrysports Fair Director Derek Lutton, TV Presenter Claire McCollum and Clann An Drumma's drummer Davy Carney and piper Craig McFarland �Paul Byrne Photography

In speaking about 2016’s Fair, Event Director, Derek Lutton said: “Every year we want to give our visitors something new to enjoy; having moved to Scarvagh House last year we have really settled into our new home.

“We continue to build on our visitor numbers and exhibitor bookings, and of course bringing new and exciting attractions to the event. The atmosphere over the entire weekend was fantastic and we look forward to 2017.”

Lord Mayor from the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Darryn Causby, commented: “Following the Fair’s move to Scarvagh House in 2015 we were delighted to welcome the team back again this year. The event is a real highlight in the calendar, and has cemented itself as a must-see attraction for the people from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area and beyond. Congratulations to the Fair’s organisers on another great event.”

For further information on the event visit www.countrysportsfairs.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/countrysportsfairs or on Twitter at @CSFairs.

Jasmine Bell and her pet pug "Jackson" �Paul Byrne Photography

Jasmine Bell and her pet pug "Jackson" �Paul Byrne Photography