The charity family farm open day will take place on Saturday, April 8, providing a day of top notch entertainment in aid of Embrace FARM an organisation that supports farming families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a farming accident.
Spear-heading the event are Patrick and Melissa Walsh from the 'world's cutest sheep', Bonniconlon Valais Blacknose flock and they are issuing an open invitation to all to come for this very special family oriented day which supports a cause close to their hearts.
The day will kick off at 11am, with access to the event via the Bonniconlon show grounds, crowds will be entertained with traditional music from local youth musicians as well as participating in fun events like; an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, BBQ, jiving competition, mega raffle and auction. Supported by organisations like; An Garda Síochána, HSE, Fire Brigade, Teagasc as well as local agri consultants and vehicle licence experts, representatives from Embrace FARM will be in attendance to showcase their support services and outline where the funds raised by the event will be invested. The organisation – founded in 2012 by farming family Norma and Brian Rohan, following the loss of Brian’s father, Liam in a farming accident and works tirelessly to support families in tragic circumstances.
Speaking about the event, Patrick Walsh said: “This day-long event will be a one-stop shop for the agri community to come together to enjoy a programme focused on farm safety and offering an opportunity to see many different farm animals and join in the fun.”
Melissa added: “In a rural community like Bonniconlon and North Mayo, South Sligo, we know that farming families have to deal with day-today farm safety and all sorts of other pressures facing this sector. We invite families to come along to meet others in the community and raise awareness of these, as well as enjoy a great day for all the family. Farming really is a family affair and we are hoping young and old can take a break together and enjoy the occasion while helping our chosen charity.”
There will be music on the day, with singer Louise Langan kicking the event off in the mid morning before Pat Boyle and his country roadshow take over at 2pm. While the entertainment goes on, there will be some activities for children taking place and a jiving competition which will be giving out prizes for first, second and third place as best under 18 dancers.
Local businesses will also be supporting the day with generous prizes, hampers and Easter prizes in store. There will be a mega raffle on the day and tickets can be purchased online (www.idonate.ie/raffle/BVBopenday ). With exciting top prize of a pedigree registered Valais Blacknose ewe lamb, it is not an event to be missed.
There is a €15 entry per vehicle with access via the Showgrounds and kick off is 11am til late. To learn more, visit the iDonate page or Bonniconlon Valais Blacknose (@BonniBlacknose ) on Facebook.