CLASSIC cars from Clare and Limerick will take centre stage this year at the University of Limerick Arena as the vintage family fun-day celebrates the 29th annual Milford Harvest Fair, writes Ron Kirwan.
And Clare Rose, Joanne O’Gorman from Cratloe, and Limerick Rose, Dawn Ryan, who lives in Meelick, are looking forward to meeting thousands of people from all over the Mid West.
Milford Harvest Fair will open to the public from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, August 31, with free admission and lots of free parking around the world-class Arena.
This year’s Fair will see the return of well in excess of 50 vintage and classic cars courtesy of Clare Classic and Vintage Car Club and their neighbours Limerick Classic and Vintage Car Club and the West Limerick Vintage Car Club.
Joanne and Dawn, who attended the launch, and were pictured in a 1300cc 1976 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, owned by David Hunt from Pallaskenry, are looking forward to the Harvest Fair later this month.
Win, lose or draw at the Rose of Tralee Festival, Joanne said she will be at the Arena come the end of August.
“I should be back from Tralee by them so I’ll be coming along,” she said.
Joanne, who works in Nestle in Askeaton, was making one of her last local appearances before going to Dublin to join the other Rose finalists for the countrywide trip to Tralee before the RTE-televised final on Monday and Tuesday next, August 18 and 19.
“I was here last year. It was a lovely day and the weather was beautiful,” said Dawn, who is a care worker with Enable Ireland Mungret.
“We’re delighted to welcome back the vintage car rally,”said Harvest Fair chairman Joe Murphy.
“They’re always very popular and this venue will do those wonderful cars justice. Last year was our first time holding the Fair at the Arena in the University and it was a great success.
“The bowl is such a secure area for the children’s events and parents don’t need to worry about their safety. The kids and their parents really enjoyed themselves.”
“The Harvest Fair Committee has been working hard preparing for this event and we look forward once again to delivering a successful day.
“This will be the perfect day out as the Arena, with its superb indoor and outdoor facilities and that really makes the Fair weatherproof. I would urge the public to continue their loyal support of the harvest Fair and we welcome everyone, especially those who have not visited before”.
As usual, there will be a huge range of perennial favourites such as the Wheel of Fortune, live music, an impressive array of stalls, face painting, barbecues and a magic show, while the Grand Raffle will feature a host of great prizes.
If you’d like to get involved or lend a hand with this year’s Milford Harvest Fair, contact the fundraising supervisor Anne Marie Hayes at A.firstname.lastname@example.org or 061 485860.