|IRELAND’S STRONGEST MAN
In a real coup for the show, 2017 sees us host the prestigious Ireland’s Strongest Man competition. This event will see competitors and followers alike, flock to the NI Countrysports Fair, to witness two full days of might and muster from competitors hailing from all the provinces of Ireland.
Saturday will see the strongmen compete for their place in Sunday’s final. RTE will be televising this event which will air early in 2018.
CLANN AN DRUMMA
Hailing from Glasgow, the ever popular Scottish tribal band ‘Clann an Drumma’ make a welcome return to the show for 2017.
The bands motto is ‘Keep it Tribal’ and that is exactly what you get. In their traditional tribal kilts, their energetic and rhythmic music is a blend of Highland bagpipes with a twist of tribal drumming.
During the days of the show Clann and Drumma perform live. Their unmistakable music and presence gives visitors an experience that time and again we are told, is like no other.
Ecomantella is a fully mobile professional environmental education service operating throughout Northern Ireland. They aim to bring visitors up close and personal with weird and wonderful animals from around the World with their popular Zoo-to-You interactive animal encounters.
Karl, who heads up Ecomantella, has travelled widely and has a wealth of knowledge about the many animals and their habitat.
They also offer a wide range of nature study programmes. Come along and meet them at the show and learn more about the more unusual animals around our planet.
We are delighted to see the return of Cutting Edge Helicopters who will be providing helicopter rides at the show. This was a very popular attraction last year and is sure to be a draw in 2017.
Their highly experienced pilots and personnel provide a professional service, allowing you to sit back and enjoy every second of this unique experience.
Bookings for the fair can be taken online at www.cuttingedgehelicopters.com/events or fligths can be booked on the days of the show, subject to remaining availability.
FREE RANGE MEATS PRODUCTS AND RARE BREEDS DISPLAY
Kenny and Jennifer Gracey of Forthill Farm will again be at the with their rare breeds display.
Renowned for their high quality free range pork and free range beef products from traditional breeds namely Belted Galloway and Longhorn Cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spots and British Saddleback pigs, their range of products will be available to buy at the show.
Their rare breed animals are also highly sought after in other ways, with many appearing in TV and film roles including Game of Thrones, The Survivalist and Dani’s Castle to name but a few . This year some of these stars are set to feature in a rare breeds display at the show. You can perhaps meet Yana the deer, have a cuddle with Imogen the rabbit or perhaps get to know Joey the donkey or the characterful chickens ‘Boogaloo and Graham.’
Our very talented local stick dressers from across Ireland will again have their annual stick dressing competition at the fair. Now renowned as their largest competition of the year, there will be over 300 sticks entered across a number of categories over the weekend. Two top Scottish judges will be presiding over the competition to name the top stick dresser.