12:30 p.m., Aug. 12)
Navan Fair comes to an end with Irish flair and more rain
lead guitarist for Dallas Smith plays in the
rain as members of the audience look on during
the final day of the Navan Fair on Sunday.
Navan Fair came to a raucous end on Sunday as a crowd
of about 300 people refused to let a heavy shower dampen
their spirits as they enjoyed the country strains of Dallas
Smith while dancing in a small lake in front of the stage.
wet conditions were a fitting end to a this year's Fair
which was plagued with on again, off again showers from
rain hindered attendance on pay-one-price Friday, which
is traditionally the Fair's second busiest day, but it
let up long enough for the demolition derby to go off
with nary a drop.
rain also stayed away for the better part of the day on
Saturday, which was good news for everyone involved in
the parade, but the mere threat of the stuff kept the
was a different story. Showers delayed a special performance
by members of the navan2navan delegation visiting from
Navan, Ireland. When they eventually took the stage they
entertained the audience with singing, dancing and traditional
heavy rain failed to dampen the spiriits of
these Navan Fair revellers who jumped on their
picnic table to get better view of country
artist Dallas Smith. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Navan, Ireland residents have made the journey to Navan,
Ontario with many of them, like co-organizer Paddy Pyrle,
choosing to stay with local residents.
said the performance was the group's way of saying thank
you to their hosts.
has been so friendly. They've welcomed us with open arms
and they've opened their homes to us. I just can't say
enough about how enjoyable the whole experience has been.
It's been just marvelous," says Pyrle.
Irish guests acted out the legend of Finn McCool and the
Salmon of Knowledge, in which the legendary Irish hunter
is bestowed with a wealth of knowledge after eating the
silver fish while under the tutelage of a wise hermit
the performance, the band Silver Creek took the stage
followed by Dallas Smith. The group was just over halfway
through their set when the skies opened up, forcing most
of the audience to take refuge under one of the domes.
Unbowed by the storm, the band kept playing in the driving
rain much to the delight of a sizable group of diehard
country music fans.
the rainy conditions, a good time was had by all in the
true showing of Navan spirit.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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