Family Day & Mad Hatters Day

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Mad Hatter & Family Day – Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting

Family Day and Mad Hatters Day takes place on the Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting.  Fun and Colour is the theme for this spectacular day. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Over 12s pay the student rate on the day. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer, bouncy castles, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.

The Mad Hatters competition is hugely popular, the effort and creativity of the entrants is spectacular. Ireland West Airport together with their partners Ryanair generously sponsor the Mad Hatters Competition for both adults and children.

Competition Entry:  Entrants should proceed to the Mad Hatters Tent located behind the Tote where our judge will view the spectacular headpieces on show. The winners will be announced at the Stage which is located behind the Millennium Stand at approximately 4.00 p.m.

Mad Hatters Competition 2013

The fantastic prizes in 2013 were sponsored by Ireland West Airport and Ryanair as follows: The first prize for children was a Holiday for two adults and two children to Barcelona with three nights accommodation in the 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel and a family daypass to Portaventura Water Park.  The fantastic 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel in Girona located just 150 metres from Lloret de Mar's most beautiful beach. H-Top Hotel   The second prize for the childrens category was a Nintendo 3DS XL and one game and the third prize is a Nintendo 3DS including a game.

The Adult Prizes were just as impressive with the first prize winner walking away with a trip for two to Milan including three nights accommodation in the fabulous 4* Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel situated int he centre of Bergamo just 25 miles from Milan.  Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel 

The second prize for Adults was two return flights to Liverpool  including two nights accommodation and tickets to Man Utd. versus Chelsea on 24th August, 2013.

The 2013 competition was judged by Galway Milliner, Edel Ramberg who went through the crowds seeking out the maddest hats. 

The lucky winners were:

Adult Category

First Prize - Emily O'Regan, Salthill  Second Prize - Isolde Macey, Castlegar

Childrens Category

First Prize - Isobel Manning, Moycullen.   Second Prize - Cillian Walsh, Craughwell

Third Prize - Ellie Malone, Knocknacarra