Scarecrows descend on Ballyfin

Crops are safe in Ballyfin this weekend, thanks to the addition of a children’s scarecrow competition to the second annual Ballyfin Festival.

Crops are safe in Ballyfin this weekend, thanks to the addition of a children’s scarecrow competition to the second annual Ballyfin Festival.

This Sunday, July 8 is promising to be both entertaining and competitive, with traditional games and a programme of sporting events planned for the day in Ballyfin GAA grounds, as a fundraiser for the club.

Chairman of the organising committee, Karl Rafferty is urging young people to get imaginative on the scarecrow theme.

“Let imaginations run wild and come up with the most gruesome, the ugliest, the biggest, the smallest or the funniest scarecrow they can think of,” he said.

The first festival was a great success he says.

“It was the talk of the area for weeks and people expressed the hope that it would become a permanent fixture. We have left no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s event will be bigger and better”, said Karl.

One of the highlights will be the senior hurling tournament with winners taking the Jason Gilligan trophy. U-8 football and U-10 hurling tournaments and also track and field events are planned.

Other sports include the ladies football match, the long puck, long kick, basketball, sliotar and football target accuracy and even darts.

A tug-o-war contest will feature teams from Rosenallis, Camross, Ballyfin and Portlaoise competing for the pride of their parishes. Old fashioned games include an egg and spoon race, three legged race and the sack race, with jute sacks provided.

Mini golf, wheel of fortune, facepainting, slides and obstacle courses will also feature, while the recently formed Ballyfin Vintage Club will be putting on a display of vehicles.