TRIM HAYMAKING FESTIVAL

Scurlogstown Olympiad, Co. Meath

THMF is a fun filled family event promoting the cultural history of rural Ireland and Irish heritage in general. Achieved through music, song and dance as well as displaying traditional work methods & pastimes, with Guinness World Record attempts; it is a magical day that is caters for all ages. 

We have many sections and events on the day ranging from traders and their stalls and markets to kids fun areas. Listen to poetry or dance away at live music stages with some of the best acts in traditional Irish and country music.

With pet farms & various exhibitions, there is always a lot of activity going on for all the family to enjoy.


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Trim Haymaking Festival16 hours ago
We would like to apologise to all for the bins remaining on the field. They were supposed to be collected by our supplier on Monday and we have been onto them and asked for them to be removed as a matter of urgency. Unfortunately, the company are understaffed at present but we hope to have them gone by first thing tomorrow morning.

On another note, we would like to thank all those who came to our little festival, particularly for using the bins and making our clean up easier on Sunday night. A few members of the committee were running on 3/4 hours sleep and going since 5.30am that morning, so our usual clean up was halved by all those who attended. 👏👏

Thank you to all of our sponsors! We will have a dedicated appreciation post for them in the coming days when we get to catch up with ourselves.

Thank you again to everyone for your support and wonderful pictures we are receiving, keep them coming. Keep an eye on the page for pictures, updates about our heritage week event, what local charities will receive donations and then our AGM.
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Trim Haymaking Festival1 Day ago
Thanks to Pedigree Pygmy Goats Ireland for coming along to Trim Haymaking Festival. We are so grateful for all the support you gave us. Well done on a great day and great show 🙂 I hope we have done Iris proud, she was sorely missed on Sunday.


THE MAIN EVENT OF THE DAY

Our main event of the day focuses on bringing in of the first hay of the year, by hand or by vintage machinery. 

Before the industrial revolution and modern day methods of farming our forefathers were truly unrelenting giants in their fields. The physicality of what they had to endure was astounding.

THE OLD DAYS OF HAYMAKING

Our forefathers would begin preparations for haymaking in the early months of the year. They would often top dress the field with manure which would serve to encourage growth and abundance. This would normally have been carried out using a working farm horse pulling a cart that was carrying the manure. In some cases the work would have been carried out using manpower alone.

In the summer months when the yield was plentiful the process of bringing in the hay begun. Using a scythe was insanely back breaking work and it is what farmers in Ireland used to take in the crop. A scythe was a custom built tool that could be found on every farm across the land. See our Scythe Cutting Competition.

When the hay was eventually gathered and cropped it was left to dry out. In those days you could count on seasonal weather! After periods of time the hay would be turned so the bottom half enjoyed as much sunshine as the top.  The drying out process usually lasted weeks. It would then be pitch forked into haystacks which would have hay ropes twisted around the stacks to keep them secure.