Rain fails to dampen spir­its as Fam Fest is great fam­ily day out

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THE Abbey Grounds in Wick­low town was a hive of ac­tiv­ity on Sun­day for a fun event aimed to­ward the whole fam­ily.

Fam Fest 2019 fol­lowed on from last year’s suc­cess­ful gath­er­ing. Even some show­ery down­pours couldn’t dampen spir­its as large crowds be­gan gath­er­ing right form the 1 p.m. start.

The event acted as a cel­e­bra­tion of fam­i­lies of all shapes and sizes. Young­sters were treated to a host of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a very pop­u­lar fun­fair merry go round and face paint­ing.

Kids in at­ten­dance also got great en­joy­ment out of an in­flat­able obstacle course, gladiator dome and slide.

There was also a pup­pet show and disco, for those chil­dren who still had plenty of en­ergy left.

Hot food, re­fresh­ments and ice cream were also avail­able. Wick­low Fire Ser­vices car­ried out a demon­stra­tion on how a chip pan fire can get com­pletely out of con­trol. The ad­vice was to al­ways use a fire blan­ket and leave the chip pan for half an hour.

There was also plenty of live mu­sic, in­clud­ing a per­for­mance from The Palomi­nos. Wick­low RNLI had a stand at the fes­ti­val, while their mas­cot ‘Stormy Stan’ did the rounds hand­ing out RNLI me­men­tos.

Ear­lier in the morn­ing the Abbey Grounds was also the back­drop for the an­nual out­door summer mass.

Su­san Martin, Ann O’Rourke and Sheila Hen­nessy.

‘Palomi­nos’ per­form­ing at Fam Fest at the Abbey Grounds in Wick­low Town.

People shel­ter­ing from a rain shower.

Santi­gio Bal­bon­tin, Stormy and Bernie Gar­rett from Wick­low RNLI

Ruby McSor­ley, Chef Paul Smith and his daugh­ter Abi Smith

Au­drey Bowen and Kathleen Cos­grave.

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