Ballynahinch Harvest Festival Gets Crafty in the Square
The Square in Ballynahinch was the scene for this year’s Harvest Festival, which took place on 29 September.
Working in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the festive day was organised by the Ballynahinch Community Collective. The Square was alive with demonstrations of wood turning, spinning wool by hand, and music. Young visitors were not forgotten, with face painting and a petting farm to entertain them.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am delighted to be here for this year’s Harvest Festival and to see so many local people come out to mark the occasion. We have a wealth of creativity in our district and much of that was on display today as we move into Autumn and I particularly want to commend all the volunteers who gave their time to organise this seasonal treat.”
Down Community Arts were also on hand as key partners in the event, offering a creative edge to the day’s activities. Music was provided by ‘The Untouchables’ in the Square, and ‘The Outlaws’ could be seen at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel later that evening.
The new improved Harvest Festival is definitely making its mark on the district’s event calendar, and organisers were pleased with the response the Festival received.