The 19th annual Lough Rynn Harvest Festival and Vintage Day takes place on Sunday next, August 25. This year again the festival returns to the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle, where it all started 19 years ago.
Bornacoola Community Development Association who organise the festival, have again put together a full programme including many new features and events as well as the well-loved traditional fare.
The beautiful castle, its landscaped grounds, cobbled yards and walled-gardens are an ideal back drop for the festival’s many displays and feature events. Of course the reputation of the hotel too as a top weekend break, holiday and wedding venue add greatly to its attraction for visitors to the festival.
One of the features of this year’s festival are tours of the walled-gardens, which should prove very popular on the day. They are made up of four separate gardens, terraced towards Lough Rynn lake. They have been restored to their former glory and are a delight to behold for their beautiful array of flowers, trees and shrubs. Within the gardens are the old glasshouse and turret or folly built by the notorious third Earl of Leitrlm, which are of great architectural interest also.
Vintage of High Quality
The Lough Rynn Festival is well known for its quality vintage display which attracts vintage owners and enthusiasts, from every county in Ireland. Indeed every year turns up many delightful vintage gems which have not been seen at the festival before. Its huge selection of vintage cars, tractors, agricultural machinery, motorbikes etc as well as large number of auto jumblers is always delightful. Indeed an enlarged area of the grounds has had to be allotted to vintage this year to provide for the ever-increasing display.
Old Farm Crafts and Traditions
The interest in all things associated with life in Ireland in olden times never wanes. At the festival these will all be there to see - the thresher, hay making, hay rope making, the old open hearthstone fire, cranecrook and pots, butter-making, boxty making, spinning wheel, willow work ,etc.
The hard working members of Mohill Country Markets, with their lovely fresh home baking etc. are a big attraction every year craft show. The emergence of high quality craft workers is a feature of the modern Ireland and an impressive display by many top local and national craft workers will be a feature of the 2013 Lough Rynn Harvest Festival. Woodwork, pottery, metalwork, stainedglass work, painting etc will all be represented and these craftspeople will be selling their products.
The childrens amusement area once again will be chuck-full of all the old favourite attractions with many new ones added. Rodeo bull, Bouncing castle, Zorbing, facepainting, slides, diggerduck…they’ll all be there and more!
The Original Guinness Jazz Band
On the band stand this year the committee are delighted to have the famed Original Guinness Jazz Band, who will, no doubt, bring a great excitement and razzamatazz to the atmosphere on the day. The Cool hand Dukes, an up-and-coming local band, are sure to keep the dance floor full too, with their distinctive Oldtime Country, Blues and rock and roll numbers.
Of course a festival of this size could not go ahead without the help of its many generous sponsors, from Leitrim and Longford and beyond who have stayed loyal throughout the years. Special mention must go to Longford Hire Centre who have sponsored the festival generously from its beginning. Great thanks is due to them and indeed to all the helpers on theday without whom the festival could not go on.
Large screeen tv for the match; penalty shootout; full bar facilities; large variety of food - cafe, foot stalls, pig on a spit; miniature train transport around venue; hot air balloon; all weather parking.
Start, 12.00pm; Dog Show, 1.30pm; Cat Show, 2.30pm; Bonny Baby, 3.30pm.
Admission: Adults - €10; Children (u-12) - Free; Students - €5