Take a trip back in time at the Foxford Goat Fair – 13th May 2017

The oldest goat fair in Europe!

Foxford Goat Fair

The Foxford Goat Fair 2017 takes place in the town of Foxford, Co. Mayo on 13th May.

The Foxford Goat Fair has been a permanent fixture in the calendar for many generations of families supporting the fair, going back several hundred years, and is known as the oldest goat fair in Europe! 

It is believed that the fair started when a man by the name of John Bingham was granted a patent for a market and four fairs in 1683 and only one of these fairs, the Foxford Goat Fair still exists, this year it takes place on the 16th of May.

What began as a place where people could buy and sell goats has evolved into an event where other animals such as horses and fowl, baked bread and vegetables are bought and sold and it has become an attraction for traditional stall traders selling their wares.

In many areas the traditional old style fair is dying out but it is a tribute to all involved that the Foxford fair remains vibrant.

On the day, it is expected that hundreds of people will converge on the town and join in the festivities during what has always been a highly enjoyable day out.

The fair has also been a focal point for people from Foxford who have left the town and many of these people return for the fair. Visitors to the town will also be encouraged to do a spot of fishing in the river May, arguably one of the best salmon fishing areas in Europe. Everyone is invited to attend the event.

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