Glenties Harvest Fair Festival – The Glenties Harvest Fair Festival is one of the highlights of the Donegal calendar every year and is normally held over a long weekend in early September. This traditional Irish event has been held for more than two hundred years and is a real living celebration of Donegals rich heritage.
The fair always proves a big hit with locals and tourists alike. There’s plenty of entertainment and fun events on offer over the weekend to keep the whole family entertained, especially the kids.
On the “Fair Day” itself Glenties wide main street is transformed into a scene from days gone by with demonstrations of sheep shearing, creel making, rope making and other traditional fair activities. There is a Farmers Market on the main street throughout the fair day. McGurks Amusements are usually on hand to keeps kids of all ages entertained. There is also traditional music on the street.
The Festival programme varies from year to year but typically it will include some of the following events:-
- Vintage Tractor drive on Main Street
- Tug-o-war and Tossing the Sheaf on Main Street
- Kids Fun Day
- Treasure Hunt
- It’s A Knockout
- Ceili Dancing on Main Street
- Parade with Bands, Floats and much more (Sunday)
- Festival Queen Dance
- Music nightly in the local pubs
- Annual Harvest Fair 10K Road Race