Country fair ‘boost for area’s economy’

All set for the CountrySports Fair at Scarvagh House are, from left, Derek Lutton, event director for the fair, William Buller from Scarvagh House and Councillor Jonathan Buckley. Pic �Edward Byrne Photography
All set for the CountrySports Fair at Scarvagh House are, from left, Derek Lutton, event director for the fair, William Buller from Scarvagh House and Councillor Jonathan Buckley. Pic �Edward Byrne Photography

A two-day country sports fair at Scarvagh House has the potential to boost the economy of the Armagh and South Down area by over £600,000, research from the NI Tourist Board has shown.

The estimation is based on the total value of the event in terms of bed nights, hospitality and general trade spend.

Pictured at the launch of the Craigavon Lakes 10k Race, which takes place on Wednesday 3rd June (from L-R) Francis Reynolds (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council), Ruth Mason (Parks section), the Lord Mayor Councillor Darryn Causby, Paul McKenna (Active Communities Physical Activity Coach) and Christine Wright (Community Sport Active Inclusion Officer).

Pictured at the launch of the Craigavon Lakes 10k Race, which takes place on Wednesday 3rd June (from L-R) Francis Reynolds (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council), Ruth Mason (Parks section), the Lord Mayor Councillor Darryn Causby, Paul McKenna (Active Communities Physical Activity Coach) and Christine Wright (Community Sport Active Inclusion Officer).

The Northern Ireland CountrySports Fair, which was formerly held in Moira, will take place on the weekend of June 6 and 7.

In addition to the anticipated 18,000 plus spectators, more than 120 exhibitors from across Ireland and GB are confirmed.

And 1,000 competitors will participate in 85 different classes, including gun dog trials, clay pigeon shooting and equestrian events.

Fair manager Derek Lutton said the event attracts competitors and visitors from all over N Ireland and beyond.

Councillor Jonathan Buckley said, “We’d like to extend a thank you to the Buller family for facilitating this wonderful event on their historic estate. We’re delighted to support the team as they take the fair to a new level, and bring more benefits to our local economy.”