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Country sports fair to create £600k boost for economy

By Staff Reporter

A country sports fair to be held in Co Armagh next month could boost the area's economy by over £600,000, its organisers have said.

The two-day CountrySports Fair in Scarvagh House - on the edge of Scarva village in Co Armagh - is expected to bring in around 18,000 spectators.

Around 120 exhibitors from across Ireland and Britain are to attend and mount activities such as gun dog trails, equestrian events and clay pigeon shooting.

In 2013, the then-Northern Ireland Tourist Board commissioned an evaluation of the CountrySports Fair, which used to be held in Moira, which concluded that the value of the event was £600,000, based on bed nights, hospitality and general trade spend.

Now it has switched to Scarvagh House - the home of the Buller family.

Derek Lutton, who manages and directs the event, said: "The appeal of the Northern Ireland CountrySports Fair is far-reaching, attracting visitors and competitors from Northern Ireland and far beyond.

"There is no doubt that it provides a real boost to tourism at a local level by positively impacting on businesses and service providers in the Armagh area.

"Our new home at Scarvagh House provides the perfect platform to build on the success of the past and further boost the potential for all involved. "

Jonathan Buckley, DUP councillor on the new ABC council, said the new setting would be the "perfect location".

"We're delighted to support the team," he said.

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