Country fair returns to Garvagh

GARVAGH PREVIEW RI Farm
READY: Declan Ferris, Victoria Higgins and Bertie Faulkner of the Garvagh Museum, ready for this year’s Garvagh Show which takes place on Saturday September 7.

GARVAGH Clydesdale and Vintage Vehicle Club, is bringing their annual traditional country fair, sponsored by RiverRidge, to Garvagh once again on Saturday September 7.

Promising a packed day of entertainment, beautiful vintage vehicles and a variety of fabulous animals including the stunning Clydesdales, this year’s show will be one of the best yet with something for everyone, with horses, tractors, pet shows, amusements, arts and crafts and food galore.

Chairman of the Garvagh Clydesdale and Vintage Vehicle Club and local vet, Nevin Smith, said, “Last year’s show was incredibly successful, and we would like to continue to build on that. The two main highlights will of course be the Clydesdales and the Vintage Vehicle Rally.

“We expect a good turnout of Clydesdales and foals. The riding Clydesdale Class is a very popular spectacle and the young handlers’ classes are always very well subscribed. We were delighted when last year’s Champion owned by Jenny Reid won the Royal Highland Show and a previous male champion, Doura Magic Touch, bred by Victor Millen, is now one of the leading Clydesdale stallions in Scotland.”

Talking about the vintage section, vice chairman Gerald Stewart said; “I’m expecting a very good turnout of steam engines, tractors and classic cars this year. The Austin Vintage Register will exhibit a number of vintage cars in prime condition, so I believe the standard will be outstanding.

“We are also planning a special feature of David Brown tractors given it is their 80-year anniversary. The first David Brown VAK1 was launched at the Royal Show, Stoneleigh in 1939. All David Brown tractors will be assembled in a special section.”

The show will also have numerous activities, from Norman Ingram displaying his traditional wood turning skills to Mary’s Ark making a first appearance featuring a mini reptile zoo. There’s also the traditional pet farm, an exhibition of 3D models depicting rural and farming life, pony and gig rides for the kids, the renowned pet show hosted by Angles Hair Design, and a host of amusements for children as well as the grand parade along Main Street at 3pm.

The Main Street Church Catering Group will be serving a feast of homemade soups and tea, music will be by John Knox and the usual line dancers will be there to entertain you – there really will be no reason to leave the field all day.

Pamela Jordan, Business Development Manager from RiverRidge, said, “This really is a great day for all, including the local community, who will benefit from a great day out. Families can get together and have fun and with all proceeds from the show going to a number of charities it really will be worth a visit.”

Nevin Smith concluded; “This show doesn’t happen without the many volunteers and the local community who I’d like to pay tribute to. I’d also like to sincerely thank RiverRidge, the company which has been our mainstay sponsor for a number of years.

“The money raised by the show is donated to local charities and medical organisations to help them purchase essential equipment and provide much needed services for our community. To date we have raised more than £120,000, which wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of our show sponsors and volunteers.”

The location of the show field is on the main Coleraine Road at the North end of the village. General admission is £5 per person, and £10 for vintage or classic vehicles which includes tea and a trophy.

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