Exciting plans in motion for 2012 May Fair

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council is keen to get more young people involved in the annual Ballyclare May Fair which this year is set to run from Tuesday, May 22 to Sunday, May 27 in and around the town.

The May Fair Parade is a key element in the historic fair’s programme of events and to encourage more young people to engage and participate in it, the council is to have an Arts Facilitator deliver workshops in the Town Hall in May. The plan is that the Arts Facilitator will work with local young people in the three weeks leading up to the Fair to produce artwork and costumes that will enhance the procession.

This year’s parade will have a ‘Pirates and Princesses’ theme and it will commence later in the day than normal, to allow the creation of costumes and props at the workshops.

The council is also proposing to secure additional income from the event by asking mobile catering van owners to submit bids to provide refreshments at the Fair. It is envisaged that two chip vans, one ice cream van, one coffee van, one crepe van and one doughnut van will be located around the Square for this year’s event, with any additional street stalls sited in Granges Street.

Other events in the pipeline include a football match between Ballyclare Comrades and another Irish league team, with proceeds going to a chosen charity; events organised by a local boxing club, the Soccer Shed, and a young farmers’ club; a car boot sale in association with the Chamber of Trade; an It’s a Knockout style contest and a Murder Mystery evening. All these are at an early stages of development with details not having been firmed up as yet.

Also under discussion is a Mickey Mouse Roadshow, a church puppet show and the possibility of running bicycle stunts and fast car rides.

The Fair’s popular amusements meanwhile will be located in the Square and at Sixmile Leisure Centre, with operators being required to take the least time possible for their set up and removal.