Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival
Celebrating 40th Festival Anniversary
Our programme includes:
This year we will start our celebrations on Saturday the 8th of August in the village of Moynalty, All Ireland's Tidiest Town 2013. A parade with Steam Engines, High Nellie bicycles, tractors. There will be also be Irish music and dancing on the street from 6 o'clock onwards. This year on festival day, the 9th August, we will hold our usual parade starting at 12:30pm in Moynalty village to our festival site.
The Steam Threshing Festival is a celebration of days gone by which includes:
* Horse & Steam Power - 10 Steam Engines on site
* Moynalty Museum with a vast array of antiquities
* Vintage Displays & Stationary Engines
* Trading Stalls
* Dog Shows
* Basket weaving - Tinsmith
* Cooking - Churning
* Veteran Cars, Tractors & Horse drawn Machinery
* Corn Cutting
* Woodturning - Thatching
* Blacksmith - Waterwheel
* Harness Making
* Kitchener Steam Driven Saw
In the cornfield 6 acres of oats is reaped using the horse drawn reaper and binder and the sheaves stooked and brought to the mills in the festival field for threshing. Here 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 sky high whilst filling the sacks with oats and clearing the straw.
At the thatched cottage on the hill many time-honoured crafts are demonstrated, churning, basketry, woodturning, thatching, blacksmithing, harness making and spinning. Nearby Dunderry Troupe perform the 'Mock Wedding' - come and join the celebrations.
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's a water wheel on the Borora river and mud turf is run on the bank. Children love the collection of farm animals, poultry, and piglets and thrilling fairground with bumping cars, swing boats and roundabouts.
This year we welcome back Wesley Monaghan with his timber sports team, which proved very popular.
Entertainment will be provided by Matt Leavy on the dancing desk! Refreshments are served in the tearooms beside the BBQ and Museum.
The entire event is run by voluntary community effort.
For the second year running we look forward to hosting Irish Country Legend Nathan Carter to play live for this great family day out. In sunshine or shower a day not to be missed at Moynalty.