The Hollywood Fair Committee is busy making preparations for the Annual Fair which takes place this year on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August. The Hollywood Fair promises again to be hugely entertaining for everyone with a huge number of attractions.
Our pre-1950s rural heritage theme of the Fair has proven a huge hit with everyone and we are asking everyone to embrace the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in pre-1950s attire – it makes the Hollywood Fair all the more exciting and you get to enjoy the spectacle of seeing everyone else dressed up in clothes from a by-gone era! Whether it’s nostalgia for the past or something else, both the farming community and townspeople alike have been flocking to Hollywood since 2011 to be part of our celebration.
On Thursday night 9th August there will be a set-dancing/céilí night in the GAA Club grounds. Admission €10 includes refreshments and a great nights entertainment is guaranteed. On Saturday 10th Bishop Eamonn Walsh will concelebrate an old-style Latin Mass in St. Kevin’s Church at 6pm with local clergy.
Dressed in pre-1950s attire the large attendance usually make their way by pony and trap, vintage vehicles, bikes and shank’s mare. After Mass we have planned another slow-bicycle race which is followed by a dramatic re-enactment in an adjacent field – the theme of this year’s re-enactment is the Flooding of the Poulaphouca Lake in the early 1940s. Afterwards there will be music on our stage in the village from 8.30pm.
We are expecting a huge turn-out on Sunday 11th, with numerous exhibitions of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, stonecutting, wood-turning and butter making. In recent years we have had almost 100 stalls selling their wares and we expect a similar number this year.
Handicrafts being displayed and demonstrated include spinning, knitting and sewing. Among the items on display at the Fair are vintage cars and farm machinery. You could also find love at the Fair as the renowned Lisdoonvarna Match-Maker Willie Daly will attend again this year. Another major attraction is the Sheep Show: competition for the various categories attracts intense local interest.
Entrance fee is just five euro with children under-12 free.
This is the 8th Fair to take place since 2011 and it becomes increasingly popular each year. So make sure to come along to the Hollywood Fair – we’re really looking forward to seeing you there.