Scarvagh House in for a ‘Quacking’ Good Time with return of NI CountrySports Fair!

Stuck on what to do in the last weekend in May? Why not head to Scarvagh House, Banbridge for a weekend of country sports, food, drink and music at this year’s NI Country Sports Fair on the 26th and 27th of May.

Held on the grounds and fabulous surroundings of Scarvagh House, Banbridge, Co. Armagh, the two-day country sports extravaganza promises to bring together country sport enthusiasts and families alike.

The event promises to showcase all the best that country life has to offer through have a go activities including archery, clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing. The show attracts around 20,000 visitors a year from across Ireland and beyond. Visitors to the NI Country Sports Fair will be glad to know that U16’s go free and free parking will be available onsite.

Families looking for accommodation during the event can find discounted packages with local hotels secured for the weekend of the fair. More information is available at: http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/accommodation/.

Scarvagh House is set to be infiltrated by a gaggle of geese and a paddling of ducks. This year the fair will host Ireland’s First Duck and Goose Calling Championships, led by Dromore man and ‘Duck and Goose Whisperer’ Andrew Sloan.

New this year is a dedicated ‘Pet Arena’, and an expansion on the Main Arena’s live demonstrations.  Education will form a key part of this year’s event, with the introduction of a Shooting First Aid Course, Country Sports Education Marquee and Animal Health, Nutrition and Welfare Veterinary talks.

Event Director, Derek Lutton commented,

“At the NI CountrySports Fair, we pride ourselves on giving a taste of country life to our ever-growing audience.  This year we’ll have everything from a vintage car display to country singing sensation Lisa McHugh, and we are of course, delighted to host Ireland’s first Duck and Goose Calling Championships.  We’ll also celebrate country pursuits and have introduced more equestrian events this year – including a junior ‘Starter Stakes Derby’ event.  We’re delighted to welcome a host of new exhibitors showcasing their wares, which range from glass and slate producers, to artisan bakers.  We’re also looking for up and coming country sports stars to enter our Young Country Sports Person of the Year competitions, visit our Facebook page for more information.  We look forward to welcoming our visitors – old and new to this year’s event.”

Speaking at the launch of the NI CountrySports Fair, with regards to the ‘Duck and Goose Calling Championships’, Andrew Sloan said:

“This type of competition is huge in America, and we have a number of talented callers in the area, and this is a great opportunity for them – we also expect to attract interest from further afield.  Competitors will do a series of 90 second calls which mimic the birds, the most realistic caller will be named the winner. It’s fantastic to be part of such an iconic event, and we are encouraging both experienced and novice callers to have a go, I can’t wait to hear what competitors at the NI CountrySports Fair have to offer!”

The NI CountrySports Fair is proudly supported by Tourism NI, the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and ABC Council

National Countrysports Fair, Scarvagh House, 27th & 28th May 2017 ©Edward Byrne Photography
National Countrysports Fair, Scarvagh House, 27th & 28th May 2017 ©Edward Byrne Photography

For further information on the event please visit www.countrysportsfairs.com.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/countrysportsfairs or on Twitter at @CSFairs.  To enter the ‘Duck and Goose Calling Championships’ please register online: http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/goose-duck-calling/