Harvest Festival

Straide Harvest Festival Week 2018

Following from the success of a similar event held in 2016, Straide Parish held another Harvest Festival in 2018. It ran from September 3rd to 9th, with events each day. The proceeds of the week’s events went to the Church Conservation Fund.

  • The week started off on Monday evening, September 3rd, with a 25 Card Game which had some fantastic prizes on offer. The following evening, Sr. Maureen Lally (Mayo Person of the Year 2018) gave a Cookery Demonstration. The event proved to be a very beneficial night for all cooking enthusiasts – beginners and experts alike.
  • On Wednesday evening, we were delighted to have an Information Evening provided by the Agricultural Consultants Association. Advice was given on topics which included: CAP Reform, the Future of Farm Payments, Improving Animal Health, Increasing Income on Drystock etc. Agricultural Consultants present included: Brian Carroll, Tom Canning and Liam Walsh. A vet was also be present on the night to answer all animal health related matters.
  • On Thursday evening, Padraig Horkan offered some very welcome gardening advice on autumn planting and garden care.
  • On Saturday night there was the much-anticipated return of the Harvest Barn Dance, with music by Francis McHale. The lucky tickets in the Straide Church Fundraising Campaign were drawn on the night. On offer in that draw was a top prize of a car and a second prize of a pedigree heifer.
  • The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Mass was held the following morning, followed by an auction of Harvest Produce and the Blessing of Pets. Later that afternoon, DJ Jim entertained the kiddies with a Kiddies Disco.

And to get everyone fit for the Harvest Festival, a very successful 5K Parish Walk (Operation Conservation) took place the previous month on Sunday, August 5th.

All in all, a great week’s entertainment was had, with definitely something for everyone. And a few bob were raised for the Church Conservation Fund as well. Thanks to all to organised the many events and to all who supported the Festival.