|`Great Snakes!' - Mayor Ronnie Crawford with Allan Ewart (Chairman of the Economic Development Committee) and Elaine McCreery of C&J's Rare Breeds Farm at the launch of the National Country Sports Fair at the Civic Centre US1909-401PM||Lisburn Mayor Ronnie Crawford with Elaine McCreery from C&J's Rare Breeds Farm and children Joel and Maia Lutton with Foxy Roxy at the launch of the National Country Sports Fair in Lisburn Civic Centre US1909-402PM|
FOLLOWING the success of the National Countrysports Fair last May, when over 20,000 enthusiasts from Ireland and the UK enjoyed two days of country related displays, demonstrations, championships, exhibitions and features, the organisers have completed their plans for the 2009 event at Moira Demesne on May 23 and 24.
With its numerous free, on-site car parks, magnificent grounds and its close proximity to motorways and ports, Moira Demesne, which is owned and managed by Lisburn City Council, is the perfect setting for this the fourteenth annual fair. The Economic Development Committee in Lisburn City Council has again supported the National Countrysports Fair.
Recognising the contribution this family orientated event makes to the local economy they have assisted the organisers with event marketing at home and in the Irish Republic from where significant numbers of visitors travel each year.
An estimated £1.3 million will be generated for the local economy with the staging of this event and in excess of 800 bed nights created in the Lisburn City Council area. Indeed so successful has the National Countrysports Fair been that the organisers have organised a sister event at Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath on the weekend of 18 & 19 July.
While the National Countrysports Fair caterers for all tastes in rural life, country sports remain at the heart of this internationally renowned two-day festival.
The sporting events and competitions, allied to displays and exhibitions encompass country sports and rural life; from angling to archery, gundogs to game rearing, falconry to ferreting, make this a pilgrimage for country folk.
More information on the National Countrysports Fair and the all-new Irish National Country Fair can be found on the events' websites which are located at www.gamefairireland.com and www.nationalcountryfair.ie.