IRELAND’S first lady is set to travel to Portlaw to be the guest of honour at Waterford Country Fair on Sunday, June 9.
Sabina Higgins will spend several hours on site, watching the Cossack show, equestrian events and the pet dog show, while mingling with fair-goers and the many exhibitors, organisers say.
Mrs Higgins is expected to arrive on site around lunchtime and will be met by the voluntary organising committee, many of the fair’s lead sponsors, Lord and Lady Waterford and others.
Organising committee spokesperson, Jo Breheny, said, “It’s a huge coup for the fair and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come out, to welcome Ireland’s First Lady and support what is expected to be the biggest and best supported Waterford Country Fair on record.
“We’re thrilled that Mrs Higgins accepted our invitation. She’s a very keen supporter of culture and the arts, sporting events and more and we’re honoured to have her with us for the afternoon. We’re expecting record numbers this year and have significantly increased the number of free attractions on the day.”
Fair-goers are encouraged to support the event’s charity– Waterford Hospice. “Volunteers will be asking for your support for their Buy A Brick campaign and we ask the public to give generously. It’s great that money raised locally will support cancer sufferers in the region,” Ms Breheny said.
This year’s line-up includes all the old favourites as well as an internationally-renowned Cossack Show and straw bales act. The Moon and Sixpence String Puppet Theatre are set to be a big hit, as are the Birds of Prey, Pony Club Games, handmade and home-made craft and food displays etc.
There’s live music from Intonations and Bana Rua, the Suir Ukulele Strummers and others, tips from the experts on how to care for pets, poultry and so much more. Side saddle, Irish Pony Show, Pony Games and hound classes begin from 10am.
Admission is €10 for adults, €5 for children and family concessions are available at just €25.