As the summer sun begins to warm the fields, the Trim Haymaking Festival is gearing up to offer a day filled with tradition, fun, and community spirit on June 16th. This year’s festival promises an array of activities and demonstrations that celebrate both the old and the new, making it an event not to be missed. Whether you’re a long-time attendee or a first-time visitor, there’s something for everyone at this vibrant gathering.

One of the highlights this year is the interactive wall weaving demonstration by Wicklow Willow. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to watch and learn as skilled artisans create intricate weavings, showcasing a craft that has been passed down through generations. This hands-on experience is sure to captivate both young and old, providing a deeper appreciation for traditional craftsmanship.

For those interested in agricultural skills, the dry wall demonstration is a must-see. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate the age-old technique of building dry stone walls, a practice that requires precision and patience. Additionally, the working donkeys on the hay field and the scythe cutting competition will offer a glimpse into the hard work and dedication that go into maintaining the rural landscape.

Competitive spirits will enjoy the sheaf tossing and scythe cutting competitions, where participants will showcase their strength and skill. These events are not only entertaining but also pay homage to the physical labor that was once a central part of rural life.

Animal lovers will find plenty to enjoy, from the pygmy goat show to the sheep shearing demonstrations. The Trim & Athboy District Angling Association will also be present, offering a kids fishing pond, casting demonstrations, and a casting competition. Young anglers can try their hand at fly tying, guided by experienced fishers.

The Meath Travellers Workshop will add a rich cultural element to the festival, showcasing their history through storytelling and crafts. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the traditions and stories of the Traveller community, adding depth and diversity to the festival experience.

Music and dance will keep the atmosphere lively, with live performances starting from 11:30 AM. Throughout the day, there will be jiving and waltzing competitions, inviting everyone to join in the fun and maybe even learn a few new steps. The festival’s music lineup is particularly impressive this year, featuring performances by Pat & Susan Murray, the Brian Boru Ceili Band, and Eddie Quinn & Paul Leavy. Their vibrant tunes will ensure that the festival ground is filled with lively melodies and dancing feet.

For families, the festival offers a variety of activities. Kids can enjoy a free workshop with Anyone 4 Science, where they can create their own kites. Donkey rides and Hudsons Funfair provide entertainment for the young and the young at heart. The ever-popular dog show, run by Paws a While Veterinary Hospital, will also return, showcasing a range of beloved pets.

One of the festival’s highlights is the Father’s Day competition, with a fantastic first prize from Bellinter House: a night’s bed and breakfast with afternoon tea. This special event adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the day.

History enthusiasts will appreciate the recreation of the old village scene, complete with craft demonstrations and talks. The presence of An Gobha, Tom King, displaying his remarkable blacksmithing skills, will further enrich this historical journey.

The festival also boasts a range of vintage car and machinery displays, trade stands, and diverse food options, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee as you explore all that the festival has to offer.

The Trim Haymaking Festival on June 16th is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of community, heritage, and fun. With so much to see and do, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer day with family and friends. Mark your calendars and come along to enjoy the festivities!

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