A FEAST of enjoyable entertainment was provided during Belcoo Sports and Festival which opened last Thursday, August 10, and came to a successful conclusion on Tuesday.

A very successful event, great crowds were attracted to the popular festival, which got off on a strong footing with its cross border 5/10k run last Thursday, which crossed over the border into Blacklion and back round to Belcoo.

A large number of participants took part.

The entertainment continued last Friday evening, when Mike Denver performed in the marquee.

On Saturday, there was an arts and crafts fair in the marquee with over 30 exhibitors. Also at the arts and crafts, Nuala Hayes (storyteller/actor), captivated the audience with tales of a bygone era.

On Saturday night the Belcoo Jiving Competition 2017, was won by Stevie Kilgannon and Danielle Thornton, who recently also won the Monaghan Jiving competition. A large turnout of dancers competed to share in the prize fund of £1,000.

On Sunday morning, there was an eSport online gaming competition for young people. This was followed by bingo with £1,000 of prizes.

On Sunday evening, there was a fashion show, which the festival organisers said was very keenly supported by fashion stores around Fermanagh and Leitrim.

On Monday, they had a health fair in the marquee when there were almost 40 exhibitors including local charities and health specialists.
A duck race and table quiz were held on Monday night.

On Tuesday of this week, there was the main sports day in the meadow.
Athletics, football and fun fair attractions were featured.

The entire committee was overwhelmed by the extremely large attendance at the sports day.

Speaking about the success of this year’s Belcoo Sports and Festival, which has just finished for another year, Peter Gallagher, organiser, said they were absolutely delighted with the turnout, which he reported “excelled all previous years.”

He acknowledged: “It’s down to the hard work and dedication of the much expanded committee which we hope to further grow in coming years.”