PORTADOWN People’s Park will be the venue for all matters equestrian next Saturday.
The Breeders’ Association is running a family and native pony competition.
For further details go to www.nicpba.co.uk/shows or, alternatively, contact Finola Mulholland on 07821539996.
If it’s Edwardian-style and elegant horses and carriages you want, then they’re also there aplenty with Hackney ponies, country carts, jaunting cars, dog carts and governess cars, the concours d’elegance and lady whip just some of the classes.
For more information, go to www.ni-bds.co.uk and follow the ‘events’ link. Alternatively, call Margaret Carlisle (02892665893) or Eugene Larkin (02892621184).
The Shetland and Pony Riding Club will also be in the park, providing an opportunity for children who don’t normally have access to riding facilities to enjoy the experience.
Meanwhile, a motley collection of scarecrows will be standing watch along the Bann Bridge on Saturday in a scarecrow competition.
Local jeweller David Van Scoy has donated the Country Comes Top Town River Bann Trophy, to be awarded annually for events taking place in Edenderry and Bridge Street and linked to the festival. This year, Country Comes To Town has decided to award the trophy to the creators of the best scarecrow. And they’re also throwing in £50 for first prize and £25 for second.
So, all you community organisations, clubs and individuals out there; get up in the loft, find your grandpa’s old clothes and start stuffing! Contact Shirley on the EDA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edenderry.c.d.a for more information
And especially for the children, there will be face painting at Millennium Court and a number of other locations around the town; Cromore Castles will be outside the library with their bouncy castles; Hans McCormick’s amusements will be in the People’s Park; High Street Mall car park will have rides on the miniature train and, for the really little ones, Paul McAuley will be in Mandeville Place with his historic merry-go-round.
For those who want to try something new, the Segway is a two-wheel machine on which you stand and which can move along at a fair rate of knots. Wesley Jameson will be in The People’s Park with his machines, running a Segway competition to see who can negotiate the most obstacles in the shortest possible time.
The Armagh Rhymers, just back from a very successful tour in England, will be in full flow on the streets of Portadown on Saturday with their mix of music and rhyme, evoking a flavour of the traditional country entertainment of the last century.