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Ballinasloe International Horse Fair and Festival
From: 2014.09.29 To: 2014.10.07
Saying this festival is perfect for the equestrian is just not descriptive enough. It might be a horse festival, but it's also great for Irish music lovers, dog and dog show lovers, cowboy fashion lovers, Irish countryside in October lovers, and ancient festival lovers. Yes, the nine-day Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival is flush with events of all sorts. The festival has been the premier place for buying, selling, trading and otherwise showing off horses since 1722, so there are always plenty of equestrians around. However, since it's also an ancient Irish fair, something County Galway is proud of, there's La Gaelach Irish music on the streets and in the pubs, which is also where the pub singing competition takes place. Don't miss the street tug-o-war, the fashion show (for people, not horses), the dog show (for dogs not owners), not to mention the fun of a bartender's race, and kids-shows and plenty of local brew. It's nine days where even people who don't give a snort about horses can certainly find something entertaining, though they'll have to be all right with the old-fashioned smell of horse poo in the air…now that's a countryside must.