Let the celebrations begin!! Excitement is reaching new heights as nearly 140 exhibitors across Kerry gear up for the big event. The Kerry EXPO
(May 13th in the INEC )
which is now an annual fixture in the regional calendar brings together both businesses and communities from all over the county and promises to be as spectacular as ever. Organisers plan to build on last years’ experience and this year’s schedule of entertainment, events and activities promises more fun, with more activities, more entertainment and even more excitement than ever. The one day event is free to visitors and hosts oceans of activities for all the family, including a range of kid’s workshops such as the Wacky Science Pod, Lego Serious Play, Claymation for Movie Moguls and a Circus workshop. All workshops are free of charge to kids aged 7-12, but as places are limited, parents are advised to register kids online through kerryexpo.ie. There is over €1,000 worth of prizes for participating schools and wining schools will be announced on the day.
Equally our full schedule of family entertainment includes the arrival of our friends from the Galaxy, R2D2 and the Jedi are landing down on Kerry soil as special guests of the EXPO. Darth Vader will be prowling around, no doubt looking for likely bodies to join him in the dark side, while Star Wars Troopers will have a watchful presence onsite. The infamous but highly temperamental Chewbacca will make himself known to EXPO visitors while a giant sized 6ft Bumblebee might just be on the look-out for an opportunity to sting. The activity park will be packed with more fun, featuring the Tall Gent, Tight rope walking, and Drum Dance Ireland. If kids and teens are still full of energy they are free to test their skills in the Gauntlet and the bungie trapped Hungry Hippo. GAA fans will be pleased to hear that they can challenge themselves using the indoor specially constructed Scoretactix Astroturf . No doubt some of our Kerry Players will be roaming around to offer some vital tips to young and upcoming players. Football legends Mick O’Dwyer and Seamus Moynihan will participate in a staged panel discussion with Chairman of the Kerry County Board-Tim Murphy. The discussion is chaired by Dara Ó Cinnéide – If all that’s not enough, well then perhaps your attentions will be drawn to the sizzling and tantalising aroma of food from both the Dingle cookery school and a number of food producers such as Dingle Sushi and Kilcummin Pies, not to mention mouth-watering crème de la crepe and the little cheese shop. Cooking enthusiasts will be treated to lots of tips and new recipes as Taste Kerry host some indoor cooking demo’s featuring Mark Doe and other culinary professionals. The indoor food village will feature a number of Kerry’s top food and drink producers such as Ring of Kerry Lamb, Cordal Goats cheese, Tom Creans and Cronins Ciders, Glenbeigh Shellfish, Krave, and many more. If cars are your passion, the outdoor vintage car and tractor showcase is a must. Motoring enthusiasts will want to flex their skills on the car crash simulator and check out the latest motoring supercars. Enable Ireland will be on-hand showcasing a range of technologies to help adults and children who experience difficulties linked to disability or aging. And, here’s hoping that Kerry’s famous explorer Mike O’Shea will return from his latest adventures in deepest Africa in time to treat visitors to his tales of narrow escapes and perilous encounters. Lastly, if biking around the globe is on your bucket list, you’ll have a chance to chat with GoGo Dermo who biked around the world to raise funds for Trocaire. The entire event is open to visitors of all ages and entertainment is all free of charge. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our team of volunteers, sponsors and supporters who have worked tirelessly to make this event happen. For full schedule of events, activities, workshops and bus services visit: kerryexpo.ie. The event is open to the public from 11am to 5pm.