Date: Sunday August 9th 2015
Venue: Moynalty, Kells, Co. Meath
Time: 12 noon – 6 pm
The Festival is a celebration of horse and steam power surrounded by vintage displays, trading stalls, crafts, face painting, sideshows, funfair, music and dancing. Country living of bygone years is uniquely presented and re-enacted in a series of demonstrations and displays. Exhibitors of veteran tractors, steam engines, cars, horse drawn machinery and stationery engines travel from all over the country.
In the cornfield the oats is harvested by horse drawn reaper and binder and the sheaves stooked and brought to the mills for threshing. The exhibition of threshing by steam engines, horse, flail and tractor is the centrepiece of the afternoon. Young and old delight in seeing the mighty engines billowing smoke and steam sky high whilst filling the sacks with oats and clearing the straw.
At the thatched cottage on the hill many traditional crafts are demonstrated, butter making, basketry, woodturning, pottery, blacksmithing and spinning. On the hobs pancakes, brown bread, boxty and colcannon are cooked (Irish style) with samples for eating and buying Delicious roast pig can be sampled later.
There is traditional Irish music and dance. On the river is a water wheel and mud turf making on the bank. The collection of farm animals, poultry, and piglets are a child’s delight and also the thrilling fairground with its swing boats and roundabouts. Refreshments are served in the tearooms. Nearby the Museum houses a vast display of antiquities.
In sunshine or shower Moynalty is the place to be on Sunday the 9th of August where there is entertainment for all. Moynalty is 7km from Kells Co. Meath on the Bailieborough Road.