Straide Harvest Festival 2018

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Straide Harvest Festival Week 2018

This autumn, following from the success of a similar event held in 2016, Straide Parish is holding another Harvest Festival. It will run from September 3rd to 9th with events each day. The proceeds of the week’s events will go to the Church Conservation Fund.

The week starts off on Monday September 3rd (at 8.00 pm) with a 25 Card Game which has some fantastic prizes on offer. €10 per person entry. The following evening, Tuesday 4th, (at 8.00 pm) Sr. Maureen Lally (Mayo Person of the Year 2018) will give a Cookery Demonstration. This promises to be a very beneficial night for all cooking enthusiasts – beginners and experts alike. Admission to this event is free.

On Wednesday, 5th (at 8.00 pm) we are delighted to have an Information Evening provided by the Agricultural Consultants Association. Advice will be given on topics which will include: CAP Reform, Future of Farm Payments, Improving Animal Health, Increasing Income on Drystock etc. Agricultural Consultants present will include: Breian Carroll, Tom Canning and Liam Walsh. A vet will also be present on the night. Admission will be a €10 ticket in the Straide Church Fundraising draw to be held on the 8th.

On Thursday, 6th Andy Moran will give a talk on “The Importance of Exercise for Mental and Physical Health”. Later, Paraic Horkan will be present at 9.00 pm to offer gardening advice on autumn planting and garden care.

On Saturday 8th (at 9.00 pm) there will be a much-anticipated return of the Harvest Barn Dance with music by Francis McHale, full bar and food served. Admission is €20. The lucky tickets in the Straide Church Fundraising Campaign will be drawn on the night. On offer in that draw is a top prize of a car and a second prize of a pedigree heifer.

On Sunday, 9th (at 11.00 am) there will be the annual Harvest Thanksgiving Mass, followed by an Auction of Harvest Produce and the Blessing of Pets. Later that afternoon (3.00 pm – 5.00 pm), DJ Jim will entertain the kiddies with a Kiddies Disco. Admission to this event is free.

All events (with the exception of the Harvest Thanksgiving Mass) will be held in the marquee on the grounds of Straide Church.

And to get everyone fit for the Harvest Festival, a 5K Parish Walk (Operation Conservation) will take place the previous month on Sunday, August 5th at 3.30 pm. Registration at 3.00 pm at the Church. €5 individual or €10 per family. Refreshments afterwards.

Hopefully, there will be something in the line up to appeal to appeal to everyone.

Further information – www.straideparish.com or email: info@straideparish.com.

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