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Ballyclare May Fair: A Week of Fun and Festivities

Ballyclare May Fair: A Week of Fun and Festivities

Get ready to mark your calendars because Ballyclare May Fair is back for a week-long celebration from Saturday the 18th of May to Sunday the 26th of May. Packed with a huge range of activities and entertainment for all ages, this annual event promises a week of fun and excitement for the whole family.

Whether you're a pet lover enjoying the pet shows, a foodie indulging in delicious treats at the markets, or a culture enthusiast immersing yourself in Ulster-Scots language workshops and historical walking tours, there's no shortage of entertainment options to explore. Car enthusiasts will also have a blast at the vintage tractor gathering and classic car show, while music lovers can groove to live performances throughout the week and fitness fanatics can take part in the annual 5K and 10K races.

As for all you pyro lovers, the closing fireworks display on the last night of the fair will be sure to keep you happy.

Dating back to the 18th century, the Ballyclare May Fair holds a special place in the town's history. The annual Mayor's Parade kicks off the festivities, setting the stage for a week of celebrations. From the traditional horse fair to the exhilarating "It's a Knockout" competition and soapbox derby, the fair brings together the community in a variety of ways.

The History of the Ballyclare May Fair

Dating back to the 18th century and originating as a traditional agricultural fair, it served as a vital hub for local farmers and traders to buy, sell, and exchange goods and livestock.

Over the years, the fair has evolved into a week-long celebration of community spirit and camaraderie, including a wide range of activities and events to cater to all ages and interests. While its agricultural roots remain a significant part of its heritage, the Ballyclare May Fair has grown to include diverse attractions, from funfair rides and family fun days to live music performances and cultural demonstrations.

The annual Mayor's Parade marks the opening of the fair, with participants marching proudly through the streets of Ballyclare, heralding the start of a week filled with festivities. The fair's enduring popularity is a testament to its ability to adapt and evolve with the times while retaining its traditional charm and character.

Throughout its long history, the Ballyclare May Fair remains a highlight of the town's social calendar, eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Attracting around 20,000 visitors each year, the fair generates around £60,000 for the area’s businesses, making it an important part of the local social calendar.

Spectacular Fireworks Finale

There's only one way to finish a week jam-packed with events and activities and that's the fair's grand finale, featuring an evening concert and a dazzling free fireworks display.

Sponsored by The Ulster-Scots Agency, this spectacular event is sure to provide a fitting end to a busy week of festivities.

Staying Up To Date

The full schedule of events is still being finalised so keep an eye on the event webpage and facebook page to get all of the latest news. 

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