Displays & Demonstrations around the Rally Field

THE THRESHING ARENAS IN THE RALLY FIELD


A display of vintage tractors, threshing mills and stationary balers with demonstrations of traditional corn threshing and straw baling during the Rally by Pat Agnew and his team of willing helpers – and there might just be a Ladies Team!  Watch out for the mice as they scamper away from the corn being threshed – don’t be afraid of them, they won’t bite, they’re just trying to escape!


There will also be interesting demonstrations of corn threshing with an ancient mobile horse driven threshing machine operated by a real ‘character’– Johnny Fee: go and have a chat with him, he’ll love it!



THE CRAFT MARQUEE


What’s that wonderful aroma as you enter the Craft Marquee?  Why, it’s freshly baked bread!!! Come and watch the baker kneading up the dough and baking bread in the traditional manner.  And nearby they’ll be making butter the way it used to be made.  Put the two together and you have hot soda bread with melted butter on top!

  

As well as a host of stalls selling a huge range of craft and other goods, there will be live demonstrations of Flax and Wool Spinning and Linen Weaving.   And you can watch in wonder as the Stick Carvers whittle away to produce beautifully carved walking sticks.


Then there is the Model Gallopers. This is something quite special!  We don’t seem to have any of these in N. Ireland – although they are very popular on the mainland.  It is a working model complete with music and lights.  Lots of the older folk would have called them ‘Hobby Horses’.

Then go and have a ride on the Full Size ‘Gallopers’ (or ‘Hobby Horses!’) beside the old Station.

PUNCH AND JUDY SHOW


In front of the Craft Marquee. Take your seat for a traditional Punch and Judy show - with a bit of magic thrown in as well!  The kids will be enthralled as Mr Punch and his wife Judy ‘fight the bit out’! 


The grannies and the granddads – and maybe the mums and dads as well - will remember with nostalgia the Punch and Judy shows they watched many years ago on the sands at Portrush and Newcastle.  


The show runs for around 25 minutes and will be repeated five times each day.


RANDALSTOWN MOBILE FUN FARM


Between the Craft and Catering marquees.  This is one for the kiddies!  They will have lots of farm animals including ponies, rabbits, chickens, ducklings, lambs, piglets etc. for the kids to admire, stroke and even hold.

STONE MASONRY AND CARVING


In front of the Craft Marquee.  Watch Keith McCammon cutting and shaping stones for the building of beautiful walls, piers, pillars and posts etc.  Keith will also be demonstrating the art of carving in stone

BLACKSMITH


In front of the Vintage Commercial Vehicles. Watch David Herron from Gilford make the sparks fly as he beats the white hot bars of metal into all sorts of ironmongery and tools such as hinges, spikes, horseshoes, gates, billhooks, graips, shovels and so on.  Wonderful to watch the various items being formed with the heat and the hammer.

TRADITIONAL COUNTRYSIDE SKILLS


In front of the Vintage Commercial Vehicles. Clive Lyttle will be demonstrating the traditional art of basket making using materials from our hedgerows, woods, bogs, coppices etc. He will also be turning wooden articles using traditional manually operated pole lathes.  Also on display will be hazel stick and rustic furniture produced from locally grown materials using traditional skills.

WORKING MODEL FARM 


In front of the Craft Marquee.  Watch Mal Cowan putting his working models through their paces as they go through a repertoire of farm tasks – ploughing, cultivating, sowing, harrowing, spraying, mowing, hay making, muck spreading, carting and so on.

THE MOLLY AND JOHNNY POTEEN SHOW


In front of the Vintage Commercial Vehicles. 


This is a story of poteen making from long ago.  Johnny and Molly (a man dressed up as a lady!) get up to some crazy antics as they go about trying to make poteen!  It is hilariously funny – a show not to be missed!  


Between shows they carry on their antics around the Rally Field on an old bicycle!

MUSIC


Beside the bar and catering marquee. Stephen Beckett will be entertaining us from his huge repertoire of songs and music.  Easy and enjoyable listening.

KIDZ FUN FARM


Beside the Main Arena. What? Another fun farm? Of course!!!  And why not?  They will have a huge range of farm and pet animals for the kids to talk to, stroke and hold. There’ll be ducks, chickens, lambs, rabbits and lots of other animals and birds.

TRADE STANDS


There are upwards of a hundred Trade Stands including autojumble, tools, clothing, toys, models, furniture, plants and everything else under the sun!  


 A mecca for collectors and browsers.

FAIRGROUND


You couldn’t possibly miss it!  It’s huge!  


There will be something to amuse, entertain, thrill - even frighten - everyone from three to ninety three years old!

Created by David Heatley: shanescastlesteamrally@gmail.com